Since its introduction into feminist theory in 1989 by Kimberlé Crenshaw, intersectionality has been a pillar of modern feminism. An intersectional approach to feminism examines the way different forms of oppression—you guessed it—intersect. Race, class, gender, ability… We all have many different identities, and they converge to form very different experiences!
So what would some popular feminist icons and leaders have to say about intersectionality? What better way to find out than to watch their perspectives interpreted in the form of a quick freestyle jam!
Check out this video to hear an imagination of bell hooks, Laverne Cox, Malala Yousafzai, and Helen Keller freestyle about the importance of recognizing the complexity of intersecting identities.
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SlamPow! Productions is a YouTube based Black Feminist filmmaking duo comprised of Samantha “Slam” Riddell and Shanika “Pow” Powell. Together the two former college classmates use sketch comedy, short films, short docs, vlogs and video journalism to explore a wide range of social issues. Slam and Pow are deeply interested in trying to understand social inequality and the vast forms of systemic discrimination that keep the world from being an awesome place for everyone. You can check out out their work here. Check out more Feminist Freestyles here.