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

716 Words Sep 26th, 2016 3 Pages
In Kimberle Crenshaw’s Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color, she discusses a few things that really left an impact on me. Her views on violence against women of colour, structural intersectionality, and domestic violence and anti – racial politics; leads me to believe that feminism has helped me in ways I do not fully know. One of Crenshaw’s theme within her writing is that women of colour are subjected to an inferior position which is created solely based off race and gender. Because of this, they are more vulnerable to violence. In 1983 domestic violence was made illegal in Canada however, at first it only benifited women of social, political, and racial dominance, white women. Contemporary feminist never took intersectional identities into consideration. Crenshaw goes on to say, “Focusing on two dimensions of male violence against women – battering and rape – I consider how the experience of women are frequently the product of interseceting patterns of racism and sexism” (1243). By this being said she suggests that women of colour are marginalized within feminism and anti – racism, they are not represented by either parties. This did not really effect me which I found odd. On a cultural level having a carribean background domestic violence is not seen as a major issue. It is apart of every day life. So, I had to ask myself why does it NOT bother me? This should not be the norm and it should bother me. But I…

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