Intersectionality

I think the article was a great one especially because I’ve always been interested in women rights. Although I am interested in women’s rights, I never thought of the obstacles that women of color face. Maybe because of the fact that race/color issues are not prevailing in our country and culture. But this article got me thinking of women of color in places like Saudia Arabia. Saudia Arabian government deprives women of many rights by claiming that they are doing so in order to fulfill their religious duties. Also, I’ve visited Saudia Arabia several times and I saw how people there treat people of color (knowing that a big part of the population is black). No matter how good a person is, if he or she is black, he or she is automatically treated as if he or she is of a lower class. Some of the individuals believe that people of color there are descendants of slaves because of the history of slavery that the country had. Which makes the society hierarchal in a sense.

From my understanding of the article, intersectionality is the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage. For example women of color, disabled gays, etc.

The article made me think that some people are really having a hard time just living, and the simplest of actions requires great courage and energy for them to do. After reading this article, I think I’ll have to think of people and stand in their shoes more to try to understand what they really feel like and try to make their lives easier. And as always I remembered Oprah Winfrey’s quote “anything you can imagine, you can create.” This really inspires and I think should inspire every single woman out there!

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