By Lisa B. Thompson

About Lisa B. Thompson

Lisa B. Thompson is Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Thomson is the author of Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class (2012).

Intersectionality

The term “intersectionality” has come to stand for a body of feminist racial analyses, a set of organizing strategies, and a political-­ethical standpoint for activists, articles, and intellectuals. The critical race theorist and black feminist legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw first wrote on intersectionality in her essay on workplace discrimination, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics” (1989). First presented as a talk at and then subsequently published by the University of Chicago Legal Forum, Crenshaw coined and introduced the term “intersectionality” as both an experience and an analytic. For Crenshaw, intersectionality is a revision of theories of discrimination and subordination in law, race, labor, and gender studies and a naming of black women’s embodied knowledge, historical positioning, and exploited labor. While originating from and foundational to the fields of critical race theory and the revision of legal …

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