Intersectionality is a term I’ve thrown around on this blog a few times now, but I have yet to truly define it. Intersectionality can best be defined by Stacy Ann Chin, revolutionary spoken word activist, when she proclaims, “ALL OPPRESSION IS CONNECTED, YOU DICK!” And trust me – this is best to hear performed:
Granted, Stacy Ann Chin is speaking of her mixed identity as Chinese Jamaican American lesbian feminist, but this connection of oppression applies to all forms of intersectionality. Jewish feminism is certainly a form of intersectionality because it is the connection of anti-semitism, sexism, and the oppression created by some Jewish traditions. When this blog was a mere idea and I told people of its cultivation, I received questions like “Why so specific?” or “Will you have enough to write about?” or “Doesn’t that exclude people who aren’t Jewish?”
The truth is that I asked myself these very questions before I realized that the purpose of this blog is to explore the intersection of Judaism and feminism, the connection of oppressions that is rarely recognized. Sometimes, specific attention to a specific set of issues is necessary to make people think of their actions within their individual communities. Sometimes, society is too large a structure to blame and sometimes – like in the case of this blog – the connection of oppressions allows for the realization that every movement is contingent on another.