This photo was shared by Upworthy, and while I completely agree with the text in the photo I agreed even more with the first comment on their facebook page about this photo.
The comment was this: “I used to be a supporter of gay rights, but I’m finally getting to a point where I am no longer a supporter of that, and I think society is too. Now I am to the point where I’m just a supporter of human rights and feel no need to make a distinction. Hopefully soon we can all live in a world where we can both open our eyes up and yet be beautifully blind.”–by Micheal Havens.
That comment was so beautiful because highlights something that is deeply flawed with feminism and the intersectionality concept. The goal of intersectionality is to help solve social issues to highlight the areas where certain groups benefit and others do not but to me it is the new racism, the new sexism and doesnt end racism but rather it perpetuates it.
We need to be beautifully blind. A lot of liberal minded and feminists minded people claim that ignoring race and sex and privilege only benefits the dominant/already benefiting class but honestly that is bullshit. Ending racism means ignoring race.. that is literally the definition of no racism existing. Ending sexism and any form of class division means IGNORING sectionality. It means we STOP classifying people as men, women, rich, poor, gay, straight, cis, black, latino, white etc. Yes we can still use these words as adjectives when needed but we need to STOP defining people by these words and attaching more meaning to these words than adjective properties.
White or male should NOT translate to privileged because that IS RACISM and SEXISM. It is not different from what was done in the past, just because it is a new group being discriminated against doesnt make it okay, it doesnt make it not racism. The words feminists use to end racism and sexism are words and ideas that literally perpetuate it. End racism by not creating ideas of oppressed blacks and white oppressors, end racism by understanding that there is no race. It does NOT exist, we are all the fucking same, race is a myth and privilege being attached to race is unfair to the people that do not fit that stereotype. End sexism not by preaching about male privilege but by understanding that sex is a myth and that we dont need to define ourselves by genetilia.
I know this post sounds very liberal/hippy and out there and honestly I have no issues with race or gender labels but I DO have issues with attaching baggage to those labels, with using them as more than an adjective to describe the color of your skin or whether you have a vagina or not. Because to me the BAGGAGE is the definition of racism and sexism, the baggage is you generalizing a group and judging them rather than the individual and THAT is and always was the issue so your intersectionality concept helps no one, it is in fact just the new racism/sexism/discrimination.
Intersectionality (or intersectionalism) is the study of intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination or discrimination.intersectionalityɪntəsɛkʃəˈnalɪti/noun
the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.“through an awareness of intersectionality, we can better acknowledge and ground the differences among us”