The Road Of Hell, By Black Scholar Kimberle Crenshaw Essay

1105 Words Oct 11th, 2015 5 Pages
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. After all, since their beginnings in the 19th century, Western feminisms, which are in and of themselves noble causes, have discounted the experiences and lived realities of women of colour; instead, the oppressions of Third World Women have been moulded under the guise of Western feminisms, as if the struggles of white, middle class women universally apply to all women (Mohanty 2). The concept of intersectionality, coined by black scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, aims to depose this exclusionary feminist philosophy. Indeed, it is a framework that analyzes the interlocking and structural nature of oppressions and privileges that a specific individual or group experiences. In truth, as an Arab Muslim woman who wears the hijab, the Islamic veil for women, I am intersectionally constructed as not an individual who is Canadian, but as an embodiment of an entire Islamic nation in which women are ostensibly persecuted and oppressed.
In Western society, people assume that Muslim women are “passive, and in the rare instances when they are not, they are resisting” (Cite). Although I was born in Canada, a supposedly accepting country due to its defining identity of multiculturalism, I am automatically constructed as a woman without agency, especially because of the defining marker of my religion: the hijab. Thus, I am objectified as a symbol of victimization, of weakness, because I accept my religion. If I resist, I am reacting to and…

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