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Violence and Intersectionality Assignment

This week, we’re looking at violence AND intersectionality…. two topics that impact all women’s lives, and in fact intersect.

bell hooks asserts that “In a culture of domination everyone is socialized to see violence as an acceptable means of social control” (64). Kimberlee Crenshaw and Audre Lorde help us understand what the term “intersectionality” means, and Rebecca Solnit contemplates ways that skin color and class privilege impact our views of difference and our ability to address violence agains us as an individual or a group.

You need to quote all THREE of these authors/speakers in your response to the prompt.

Also, be sure to consider your own class/race/sexuality (middle class/ Chinese/ female

) position in relation to your response to the prompt.


What experiences in your life socialized you to accept violence – in the media, in video games, in the news, on the streets and in the schools, etc. And how can we flip the script on this sort of socialization that condones violence?


In past classes, students have claimed that their own ethnic group has a corner on violence and hate. This simply isn’t true. It may have been your personal experience or the experience of people in your family, but in truth all of us are responsible for hate and violence, and your ethnicity or culture, no matter what it is, is not the cause.

Sometimes your background and treatment in your family or neighborhood is the RESULT of being victimized, reduced to poverty, called racial slurs, and dehumanized (as Latinos are regularly disparaged by Trump’s comments that immigrants are “animals”, “rapists” and “drug dealers”)… but EVERY SINGLE RACIAL AND ETHNIC GROUP has the potential for violence and hatred.

Please don’t blame your ethnicity for violence.


READ: Feminism is for Everybody – Chapters 10 and 11…

AND: “An Insurrectionary Year”, Pages 69-82, AND “The Pigeonholes When the Doves Have Flown”, pages 123-132, both from The Mother of All Questions, Pages, 69-83

WATCH: “Kimberle Crenshaw Discusses Intersectional Feminism” AND “Audre Lorde: the Theory of Difference”

Kimberle Crenshaw Discusses Intersectional FeminismLinks to an external site.

Audre Lorde: The Theory of DifferenceLinks to an external site.

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