Location

Room 212, West Center

Start Date

2-4-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

2-4-2016 10:15 AM

Keywords

Marginalized, Intersectionality, Oppression, Dehumanization

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to explore intersectionaility and shine a light on the plight of marginalized groups of women. Much too often are women grouped together in this assumed sisterhood, and people automatically assume that just because we are all women, we are all the same. There are many factors that affect many different women, and the reliance on a common biological make up alone will not change that. A white woman will not experience the same struggle as a black woman; an upper middle-class woman will not experience the same struggles as a working-class woman; and a biological woman will never experience the same struggles as a transgender woman. Using the feminist anthology edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, I attempted to shine that light on those marginalized groups. These personal writings by women from different walks of life gives us a window into their lives, an understanding of their struggles, and access to their innermost thoughts and feelings. In a society striving to make women into one dimensional beings, we must not assist them with one dimensional thinking.

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Apr 2nd, 9:00 AM Apr 2nd, 10:15 AM

Rebuilding a Bridge Burned

Room 212, West Center

The purpose of this essay is to explore intersectionaility and shine a light on the plight of marginalized groups of women. Much too often are women grouped together in this assumed sisterhood, and people automatically assume that just because we are all women, we are all the same. There are many factors that affect many different women, and the reliance on a common biological make up alone will not change that. A white woman will not experience the same struggle as a black woman; an upper middle-class woman will not experience the same struggles as a working-class woman; and a biological woman will never experience the same struggles as a transgender woman. Using the feminist anthology edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, I attempted to shine that light on those marginalized groups. These personal writings by women from different walks of life gives us a window into their lives, an understanding of their struggles, and access to their innermost thoughts and feelings. In a society striving to make women into one dimensional beings, we must not assist them with one dimensional thinking.