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Chapter 3

WGS101H5 Chapter 3: Chapter 3


Department
Women and Gender Studies
Course Code
WGS101H5
Professor
Joan Simalchik
Chapter
3

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Friday, 14 December 2018
Chapter 3: Intersectionality
1. Intersectionality !
-It is a critical theoretical approach that is fundamental to women and gender
women and gender studies, feminist analysis, and feminist activism. !
-It acknowledges that there are more components to one’s individual identify, to
social analysis, and to activist demands than gender and gender alone. !
-To approach a more whole truth in knowledge and knowledge production. !
-For example: we know that women in Canada won the right to vote during the
second decade but how ? What about the details? : !
19th century, female property holders were legally allowed to demand municipal
voting rights. !
Starting in 1850, women with property, married or single, could vote for school
trustees. Even then not all female property owners, were allowed to vote, because
citizens, male and female, who immigrated were disenfranchised. !
In the early 20th century, surage law- regulation about who could vote-were
enacted in more provinces. !
In 1960 that indigenous men and women could vote without giving up their treaty
rights or status under the federal Indian Act. !
-An intersectionality analysis provides a vehicle to probe beyond the dominant
discourse and can reveal the contemporary power relation of a colonial settler
state. !
-Intersectional analysis probes conditions of power and context. Race, class,
sexuality, and so on each intersects with each other and creates simultaneous
conditions of privilege and oppression.!
-Intersectionality demands interpretation and reinterpretation of power and
domination according to the specific cultural and social position of individuals
and group of individuals. !
2. Intersections of Operation !
-How racism is experienced will dier depending on whether it is targeting a male
or female, a working- class or a middle-class group. Both gender discrimination
and racial oppression take dierent forms when these occur in dierent
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