Intersectionality. A term we hear a lot these days. Coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Intersectionality is the idea that our multiple identities as members of distinct cultural groups intersect to create a whole that is different from the component identities and that these “intersecting” social identities affect and are affected by cumulative systems of oppression and discrimination.
We see the word, we think we understand the concept. And yet, it appears that we’re failing in every way to grasp how this works. Why is it so difficult?