Summary: The Importance Of Intersectional Analysis

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When discussing feminism in class I came to realize that feminism focuses on intersectional analysis, it all came together while reading Cohen’s essay and her argument on the importance of intersectionality and transformational politics. Intersectional analysis involves the simultaneous analysis of multiple intersecting forms of oppression and subordinations, an ideology every movement should consider when fighting against oppression. Intersectionality is often used in critical theories to describe ways in which oppressive institutions are interconnected and cannot be examined individually from each other, such oppressive institutions are: racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, among others. Therefore, I believe Intersectionality is important when fighting for equality and or individual justice. In the essay “Punks, Bulldaggers and Walfare Queens” by Cathy Cohen, Cohen points out at the failed structures of queer…show more content…
Cohen argues how intersectionality is the key to a political activism that is available for those individuals with intersecting identities, something queer politics strongly lacks. One of the reasons Cohen argues that queer politics and therefore queer theory is unable to effectively challenge heternomativity is due to the idea of queer politics building around those who are queer and those who are heterosexual, creating with it a dichotomy idea and ignoring other forms of opressions “The inability of queer politics to effectively challenge heteronormativity rests, in part, on the fact that despite a surrounding discourse which highlights the destabilization and even deconstruction of sexual categories, queer politics has often been built around a simple dichotomy between those deemed queer and those deemed heterosexual “(440).Cohen also supports this argument by manifesting the importance of

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