Welcome to Day 3 of the LGBTQIA2+ Learning & Affirming Challenge.
Our beliefs about bodies disproportionately impact those whose race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and age deviate from our default notions. The further from the default, the greater the impact. We are all affected - but not equally.
Sonya Renee Taylor, author, poet, spoken word artist, humanitarian and social justice activist, educator, and founder of The Body is Not An Apology movement (link opens in a new tab)
Yesterday, we saw how cis-heteronormativity impacts us in ways we may or may not expect, both personally and in society more broadly. Today, we will look more explicitly at how intersectionality plays a role.
Let's get started. Watch the following video about how various identities play a role in how a person or community wants to be perceived.
Next, listen to Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw define intersectionality. Dr. Crenshaw is a law professor at Columbia University and the University of California Los Angeles, who coined the term, intersectionality, 30 years ago to describe how intersecting structures of oppression affect the ways in which people experience power and privilege.
Let’s read a bit more deeply into what intersectionality means to Kimberlé Crenshaw (link opens in a new tab).
Lastly, let's listen to Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile's story about the connections she makes between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood upbringing in a rural village in Botswana, and how she re/claims queerness.
Based on the reading and videos above:
Take time for a personal reflection:
You are halfway through the LGBTQIA2+ Learning & Affirming Challenge! Stay tuned tomorrow to discuss approaches to creating LGBTQ+ affirming educational settings.
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