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A Myth of Intersectionality: An ‘In-Discriminating Land’

It is the prime time to understand that becoming ‘Fair and Lovely’ is not the parameter of identity before another George Floyd gets killed.

Intersectionality in simple terms means, the co-existence of different identities in the society that are interconnected to each other. Inclusion and diversity include equal attention to every community and marginalized groups. The term ‘intersectionality’ was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, which has a direct reference to gender discourse in her explanation regarding the oppression of African-American black women. Intersectionality can be significantly talked in terms of political (inequality in law and action towards minority), representational (stereotyped portrayal of different identities in media and public forum), and structural (difference in social practices, gender role, and norms). It deals with the unjustified treatment on different sections of people, (or specifically women in intersectional feminism) on the basis of racism, patriarchy, and gender stereotypes.

Navigating through my life, as a girl, in a Hindu family, I have been searching for my identity beneath various orthodox and patriarchal discriminations since childhood. Even in the 21st century, women still have to struggle for their free existence in society. There is hardly any space for free will. Even today we cannot escape from being a victim of sexual harassment. I recall an incident when I was constantly elbowed and touched (clearly intentionally) by a middle-aged beast, while I was returning from my college after giving a speech on the Women’s Day event.  Certain questions kept on reckoning in my mind: “Is it because I am a woman?”, “or he is a Man?”, “what if I would have been a Muslim girl, being alone in the ‘Hindu Rashtra’?” We believe in co-existence or intersectionality of people in our society, but do we realize how does it affect an individual? Irrespective of socio-economic strata, every woman’s struggle coincides at a certain point, which is sexual violence. When would this harassment come to an end? The day we will stand by each other’s side and be each other’s voice against any injustice.

Also, intersectionality or I may say, the co-existence is quite necessary if we analyze it from the spectacle of identity or existential need. It reflects the representation of one’s own identity among multi-cultural society.  On the other hand, intersectionality gives rise to various discriminations and oppressions by supremacists. Racial discrimination is most common in recent media content and real-life perspectives. Therefore, it is the prime time to understand that becoming ‘Fair and Lovely’ is not the parameter of identity before another George Floyd gets killed. We need to be more humane and inclusive before another Uyghur’s family is destroyed.

 

The views and opinions expressed by the writer are personal and do not necessarily reflect the official position of VOM.

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