Intersectionality is problematic.

I know the concept of intersectionality has been embedded into mainstream liberal feminism to a point where you’re not really allowed to question it any more, there are still many radfems to point out the problematic aspects of it, and ultimately why it helps further the exploitation of women. Here is an article from Aphrodite Kocieda published on Feminist Current on this topic.

First of all, the actual framework that intersectionality operates from is problematic. I would argue that intersectionality operates from a white supremacist patriarchal foundation. Therefore, all populations excluded from the mainstream normative space, focus on how they’re excluded, not why the space is inherently exclusionary. Bitch magazine ran an article on intersectionality wherein the writer states: “’intersectionality’ becomes code for ‘wait your turn.’ Rather than being a reflection of a highly inclusive movement that integrates different lived experiences and priorities, it is used to say ‘just as soon as we get our needs taken care of, we’ll turn to yours.’” Through intersectionality, we are caught up in a discussion over who is “left out” of the current model because the actual model itself is exclusionary.

13 thoughts on “Intersectionality is problematic.

  1. Heretic June 26, 2014 at 00:49

    Very relevant and I shared the article, thank you. I find libfems do “focus on how they’re excluded, not why the space is inherently exclusionary.”

    • Francois Tremblay June 26, 2014 at 01:03

      It’s another sort of introverting procedure, isn’t it?

  2. Heretic June 26, 2014 at 01:08

    Oh yeah. In liberal feminism and its related topics such as bdsm. Nothing like when white people talk about the exceptions of people getting off to their own oppression (i.e. some black people enjoy race play, some lesbians enjoy kink or some Jews enjoy Nazi fetishism) so that must make it okay. Smh.

    • Francois Tremblay June 26, 2014 at 01:15

      BDSM is a topic on which I have been informing myself lately. It’s quite gruesome.

  3. Heretic June 26, 2014 at 01:19
    • Francois Tremblay June 26, 2014 at 01:23

      It better be worth it, bobdammit.

      Also, fucking BDSMers and their “play” suffix bullshit…

    • Francois Tremblay June 26, 2014 at 01:25


      You know, I could have lived my whole life without knowing about this. :I

      But I guess I must be able to confront all this shit, even if it’s too gruesome for words…

  4. Heretic June 26, 2014 at 01:37

    Sorry. Breathplay is now in mainstream porn, but I don’t know of much in kink that isn’t gruesome, like: horrible bruises and wounds (just as if the women had the shit beaten out of them – ’cause they did!), lasting scars, gagging, breast bondage and genital clamps. Most of this I know only because kinksters really aren’t shy about posting pictures online, so they’re inescapable.

    • Independent Radical June 26, 2014 at 08:10

      You left out the knives being placed against women’s throats (knife play) and the fires being waved near women’s naked asses (guess what that’s called, that’s right! Fire Play!) I found out about that in a BDSM erotic, oh wait, it wasn’t a BDSM erotica it was an academic article examining whether BDSM was feminist or not (you can guess what the conclusion was.) Then again its not like there’s much difference between the two nowadays. I’m so glad my course fees are going towards the creation of soft core pornography *sarcasm*.

  5. Heretic June 26, 2014 at 01:43

    p.s. – To say nothing of cutting, piercing, and using electricity (TENS units).

    • Francois Tremblay June 26, 2014 at 01:45

      That’s great, just wonderful. But consent makes it all okay, I guess!!!


  6. Erik November 7, 2016 at 19:45

    The Feminist Current link is dead. Aph asked that all of her work be pulled from that website, but it’s on the wayback machine:

    • Francois Tremblay November 8, 2016 at 01:17

      What a crass move on her part. Thank Bob for Internet Archive.

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