New movements against oppression have brought with them a new vocabulary. The concept of “intersectionality” is prominent among them. Shanice McBean from King’s College London SWSS and Central London SWP outlines her understanding of the term and its relationship to Marxist theory.
Intersectionality says three core things. First: we should fight all manifestations of oppression. Second: the experiences under capitalism of one person differ from that of another person because of one’s place across material lines of oppression and exploitation.
These first two ought to be common sense to Marxists. But intersectionality also says a third, easily forgotten thing which my reading suggests the SWP’s theory on oppression seriously falters on. This is that one form of oppression can be shaped by and can shape other forms of oppression. Racism, for example, can be sexualised, or women’s oppression can be racialised – and this happens in such a way that it becomes impossible to view different oppressions as separate.
This is so impressively intelligent and educational. We need to make this a big thing!
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