women of crenshaw


If you want to watch Sense8 go ahead but you DO NOT get to use intersectionality as a white/non black person to shame black people for not watching it because of Lana Wachowski racism, misogynoir & trans-misogynoir, & anti-black transphobia. The fact that you care so much about your representation to not care that this racist piece of shit profits from it, further oppressing black people, is in itself anti-intersectionality. Intersectionality was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw. A black woman and don’t fucking forget it. Stop using her term to hide your anti-blackness.

anonymous asked:

what would you recommend reading as an intro to feminism and race theory? or Intersectionality / not White™ feminism?

off the top of my head / from my own reading list

these cut across a few different disciplines & traditions btw but I think that’s what’s called for, really


We have to be the ones that inspire and teach each other to become our own bosses. We have to get out of the mentality of building someone else’s dream, someone else’s empire and start wanting to build our own. Back in the day, we had that mentality; the desire to make our decisions and control our own destiny. Integration destroyed that. We must build it back. We all can’t have dreams if working for white folks.
Post by @kingkwajo

reminder that Kimberlé Crenshaw, a black feminist and the first person to officially coin the term “intersectionality”, was talking about FEMALE WOMEN when she was talking about women. the creator of your favorite fucking word was a “transmisogynist”, how do y'all feel about that?

I am suggesting that Black women can experience discrimination in ways that are both similar to and different from those experienced by white women and Black men.

Kimberle Crenshaw, 1989, “Demarginalising the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics”.

Kimberle Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” in 1989 to be able to talk about the experiences of Black women. In this paper, which I am reading for the first class in my Gender, Ethnicity and Religion course, she discusses three court cases in which Black women sued for discrimination. In one case, for example, Black women lost the case: Even though the company they sued did not hire any Black women, it hired white women and Black men and therefore the judge ruled that no discrimination was taking place.

~mod r

“Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics” - kimberle Crenshaw

While reading this law review many of the points Crenshaw made was true. However, one thing I didn’t know about the whole law system is that when black women when to court to settle a case of discrimination and sexism for being black women they would shut down. One of the main reasons they would be shut down because in the court system there is no intersection of both race and sex it seems that you’re either a BLACK women or a black WOMEN.

“In DeGraffenreid, five Black women brought suit again General Motors, alleging that the employer’s seniority system perpetuated the effects of past discrimination against Black women. Evidence adduced at trail revealed that General Motors simply did not hire Black women prior to 1964 and that all of the Black women hired after 1970 lost their jobs in a seniority- based layoff during a subsequent recession.” 

“The district court granted summary judgement for the defendant, rejecting the plaintiff's’ attempt to bring suit not on behalf of Blacks or women, but specifically on behalf of Black women.”

During this time period, 1964 and 1970 this was during the Civil Rights movement so it made sense as to why they were laid off, I wasn’t write they were laid-off just because of their race. However, it seems that back then when people would get laid off, they would layoff the newly hired workers over those who have been working there for so long. So I guess that would make sense, not overly supportive to that fact but I guess it could be a possibility. 

Another fact stated by Crenshaw was the fact that very thought provoking was the hierarchy of oppression against black women. Based on the courts decision it seems that black women can’t speak on the behalf of black men. And it seems that black women can’t speak on the behalf of women either. To me it seemed as if black women get the short end of the stick, they have no representation within the law, after all laws are set to protect those who need to benefited, an example of this was during the crack wars in the United States (1990′s) it seems that those caught using crack were receiving harsher punishments compared to those caught using cocaine. To me it seems that this was an unfair punishment, after all we were fighting a ‘war on drugs‘. What made it even more suspicious was the fact that those caught using crack were people of color since it was a cheaper, while those caught using cocaine were people who were either rich or white. Due to the hierarchy of race, sex, and social class people were capable of getting out of trouble or they simply couldn’t.

Antidiscrimination Doctrine:

  • laws
  • Legal regulation

Feminist Theory:

  • ideas
  • ideal

Antiracist Politics:

  • practice
  • set in motion

Crenshaw touches on all of these subjects and one thing that I realized was that all of these subjects interact with one another and I think that Crenshaw was going for that realization to those whom read the law review.


Some photos from #SayHerName a vigil in remembrance of Black women and girls who were murdered by police. The event was brought together by Kimberlee Crenshaw and the African American Policy Forum. Stop Patriarchy was an official sponsor of this event, along with many other organizations. The program was incredibly moving, emotional, and powerful. Representatives of the sponsoring organizations accompanied family members of those whose lives were stolen by police, and read pieces on what these people were like in their lives, and the circumstance of their murder. Many of the families had never done anything like this before. They were all extremely grateful to see so many people out there standing with them, and fighting to STOP murder by police.

Although racism and sexism readily intersect in the lives of real people, they seldom do in feminist and antiracist practices. And so, when the practices expound identity as woman or person of color as an either/or proposition, they relegate the identity of women of color to a location that resists telling.
—  Kimberlé Crenshaw, Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color