Intersectionality Forum

 

Crenshaw (1989) defines ‘intersectionality’ as the injurious effect of experiencing of multiple oppressions simultaneously due to combined and overlapping social and political identities.

 

Welcome to the TPCA page dedicated to inclusivity and intersectionality. This is a section that we are currently developing where we hope it will offer a space for sharing your experiences and information that has had particular impact to your life around the subject of inclusivity and intersectionality.

If you have something you'd like to write in these areas, please contact site@the-pca.org.uk. You do not need to be a member to write on our webpage - we welcome contributions from anyone who has something to say! 

Gender, Disability and Sexual Diversity

Provided by C. Lago (2006)

“When I think about all the marks I have against me in this society, I am amazed that I haven’t turned into some worthless lump of shit. Fatkikecripplecuntqueer. In a nutshell. But then I have to take into account the fact that I’m articulate, white, middle class college kid, and that provides me with a hell of a lot of privilege and opportunity for dealing with my oppression that may not be available to other oppressed people. And since my personality/ being isn’t divided up into a privileged part and an oppressed part, I have to deal with the ways that these things interact, counterbalance and sometimes overshadow each other. For example, I was born with one leg. I guess it’s a big deal, but it’s never worked into my body image in the same way that being fat has. And what does it mean to be a white woman as opposed to a woman of colour? A middle-class fat girl as opposed to a poor fat girl? What does it mean to be fat, physically disabled and bisexual? (Or fat, disabled and sexual at all?)”

Lamm (1995)

 

“My first experience of queerness centred not on sexuality or gender, but on disability. Early on, I understood my body to be irrevocably different from those of my neighbours, playmates, and siblings. Shaky; off-balance; speech hard to understand; a body that moved slow, wrists cocked at odd angles, muscles knotted with tremors………I heard ‘wrong, broken, in need of repair, unacceptably queer’ every day, as my class mates called out cripple, retard, monkey; as people I met gawked at me; as strangers on the street asked ‘what’s your defect?’; as my own parents grew impatient with my slow, clumsy ways.

Clare, (2001, p.361) 

Race, Culture and Social Identity 

Provided by C. Lago (2021)

“Of course it is important as therapists to develop an awareness of how race, gender, sexuality, or ability levels might impact upon one’s experience, and we can develop these understandings through reading and by immersing ourselves in the struggles of oppressed people. However, in the therapy room, we should let clients lead us to understand their social locations and how various forces have come to shape their lived experiences in unique ways. This is not to assume that clients have access to knowledge about how all the discourses and forces that have shaped their being. Rather this analysis prepares us to come with an openness to take part in a journey of discovering how unique individuals make sense of their social realities and being in the world!

Shaindli Lin Diamond & Joseph Roy Gillis (2006)

 

“Social significance is attached to our genitalia, skin colour, sexuality, physical impairments, age, income, job, religion and whether we have a permanent home, and this profoundly affects almost all aspects of our lives.” 

Rose Cameron (2017)

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