My Identity: An Intersectional Look

Recently, I’ve been thinking about intersectionality. In summary, this is a branch of feminism which takes into account ones overlapping identities and aspects of , social and politicadiscrimination and how it relates to gender identity – and most interestingly, the term was coined by the black feminist scholar Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw in 1989. Now, I’ve already written about  identity scholar labels before, but I want to take a closer look at how this affects how I view my oppression – though I am NOT trying to play the ‘oppression olympics, I’m trying to share my experiences of how I experience oppression. 

How I identify (in a political sense, not overall): 

  • White: which means that I can’t experience racism, unlike my black and other ethnic minority counterparts. However, it also means that I can use my white privilege to lift up voices of black and ethnic members of the LGBTQ+ community, which will allow their experiences / stories to be heard. 
  • Able-bodied: which means I can’t experience ableism based on my physical limitations, unlike people who are physically disabled. Again, I can use my able bodied privilege to lift up physically disabled members of the LGBTQ+ community. 
  • Middle Class: this means that my family is pretty well off, and it also means that I can afford to buy myself a chest binder, which helps me to alleviate some of my chest dysphoria.  It also means that I have to be aware that not every trans person that wants to bind can afford to, as chest binders are quite expensive. 
  • A young person: this means that I will gain a lot of what the media shows of nonbinary people, as it likes to paint certain topics with one colour. This means that I will have to raise the voices of perhaps older trans and nonbinary people, as a good majority of nonbinary individuals are young people. 
  •  Non-binary (masculine): combined with my able body and white skin colour, I experience privilege with being nonbinary because I am white, masculine, and able bodied. I am also AFAB (assigned female at birth), which means, from my perspective, I get a majority of the nonbinary representation – this is an obvious problem, because, for example, black nonbinary and femme nonbinary people exist (as well as black fem nonbinary people).  However, I can also experience discrimination based on my gender identity because I can fall victim to binarism and erasure. 
  • And Bisexual: due to my sexuality, I may also be discriminated against because I can experience bipbobia (be it subtle or not). But I’m also nonbinary, which means that I am twice as likely to experience both bi and nonbinary erasure, be it from within the community or not. 

I’m not really sure where this’ll lead, but it’s something that I have been thinking about from time to time quite recently, as it is important to understand not only ourselves, but where we fit into the world – which means acknowledging certain advantages and disadvantages that we have. I know this wasn’t super analytical, but I just wanted to get some of these thoughts down. 

 

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