Mapping The Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, And Violence Against Women Of Color

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Research Proposal
Kimberle Crenshaw’s article “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” is an essay that exposes the reality of being a colored woman today. It compares the unfair treatment of colored women to the treatment of white women in various scenarios. Colored women not only face discrimination due to sexism but they also experience racism. Facing both make it a hard intersection for many colored women. She states how women of color not only face discrimination by the members of our society but our justice system turns a blind eye to cases that involve women of color. Crenshaw shares a story about a Latina who was in a abusive relationship and a shelter would not take her and her son in because she was illiterate but the son was willing to translate for her. She shows the problems that women face because that shelter was governmentally ran and even they didn’t take care of her in her time of need. Not only do colored women face discrimination by just being a woman or just being a colored individual, they create a unique intersection that makes a brand-new intersection. No white woman or black man will ever face the same discrimination that a colored woman would. Crenshaw brings this subject to light by sharing this information to the publics view. She gives details about when women have faced this
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This passage defines a unique area of intersectionality. She states that, “The concept of political intersectionality highlights the fact that women of color are situated within at least two subordinated groups that frequently pursue conflicting political agendas.” Therefore, the implications of this distinct group of women of color creates a strong argument that women of color face not only racism but also sexism. This is unlike any white woman or black man because they have now created a new group of

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