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Intersectionality | by Għajjejt u Xbajt

Jun 11 2021 Share

It’s a word many of us have likely come across with recently, but what does intersectionality actually mean? The term itself was coined by Black feminist scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, though the concept emerged from critical race theory and the works of various Black feminists over decades. Intersectionality, deeply rooted in Black feminist thought, offered a perspective that had been missing when discussing the oppression that Black women faced. It is a relatively simple concept – as Crenshaw explains:

“intersectionality is a lens, a prism, for seeing the way in which various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other.”

Thus, intersectionality served to acknowledge the fact that a person may suffer from different, and intersecting, forms of discrimination at once. A Black woman faces discrimination because she is Black, but also faces discrimination because she is a woman. Her experience is therefore different from a Black man’s experience or a white woman’s experience, and cannot be viewed solely under the prism of racism or sexism but rather requires a different framework through which to be viewed.

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While the concept of intersectionality came from Black feminist thought and a specific analysis of the both gendered and racialised experience of Black women, the application of the concept does not limit itself to the intersection of sexism and racism. As a framework, intersectionality highlights that different forms of oppression and inequality cannot be viewed separately from each other; sexuality, gender, disability, race, etc. – all of these can and do intersect with each other, resulting in a compounded effect of these various experiences. Some people seem to view intersectionality as a “hierarchy of victimhood” or “hierarchy of oppression” which classifies oppression and causes people to rank themselves according to how oppressed they are, but that is a gross misunderstanding of what intersectionality means. Intersectionality is not the “Oppression Olympics” – it doesn’t determine who suffers more or who suffers less; it simply highlights the multiple discriminations that can affect a person.

That is why intersectionality is so important to feminism, and a feminism that is not intersectional is not truly feminist. Feminism aims to achieve equality between people of all genders, but for that equality to happen we cannot simply address sexism but not address racism, or address sexism but not address homophobia. All these oppressions are linked and together negatively impact a person’s life. For example, it is often stated that in the US women got the right to vote in 1920…however that is not truly accurate. White women got the right to vote in 1920. Native, Black, Asian and Latina women had to wait till the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and its extension in 1975 to truly be able to vote. And most ‘developed’ countries would claim that all women have proper access to healthcare, but that is not true for all women – because our societies are transphobic, many trans women cannot have access gender affirming healthcare; because our societies are fatphobic, fat women’s health concerns are ignored by medical professionals; because our societies are racist, women of colour face reduced care.

And sometimes all those different aspects collide: a person may be poor, Black, and trans – how do we make sure that we fight for and build a society in which that person is protected, cared for, valued and free from discrimination, if we solely focus on gender? “A person cannot choose which part of their identity is most in need of liberation” – feminism that fails to understand the multiple oppressions a person faces falls short of its aim to achieve equality and liberation. Without looking at how all the aspects of a person’s identity affects their life, we cannot achieve true liberation for everyone. As Audre Lorde reminded us, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives”.

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Malta’s entertainment industry reacts to ‘insulting’ events plans

Malta's entertainment industry reacts to 'insulting' events plans
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Following today’s 12:30 press conference regarding the gradual reopening of Malta’s social and cultural events, Malta’s Entertainment and Culture Campaign ‘Restart’ reacted to the less-than-satisfactory measures.

The campaign’s social media page called today’s measures ‘an insult’ to their industry and highlighted that despite Malta’s Herd Immunity, 0 patients in ICU, 64 active cases and 0.2% infection rate, a decent road map has yet to be announced.

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➡️ Herd Immunity ➡️ 0 patients in ICU➡️ 64 active cases➡️ 0.2% infection rate in vaccinated people Yet we've now…

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It was announced that as of 5th July, the aforementioned events will operate on a seated basis to a maximum capacity of 100 people, which capacity will be raised to 200 on 2nd August if the situation permits.

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Chris Fearne addresses vaccine certificate discrimination claims

Chris Fearne addresses vaccine certificate discrimination claims
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During today’s public health conference which addressed the future of social and cultural events in Malta, the authorities were asked about claims of discrimination with regards to the vaccine certificate and events in Malta.

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne stated that establishments like restaurants and bars are currently open for everyone however, in the face of the events announced today, he highlighted that Malta will either open with these limited measures or not open at all.

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The government has been highlighted that the vaccine itself and the vaccine certificate are a primary tool in Malta’s endeavours against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Weekly COVID-19 bulletin to be halted for the time being

Weekly COVID-19 bulletin to be halted for the time being
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During a conference held today regarding the restart of social and cultural events in Malta, Health Minister Chris Fearne revealed the future of social and cultural events in Malta, amongst others the restart of seated events with a maximum capacity of 100 people as from 5th July.

During her discourse, Superintendent for Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci announced that the weekly COVID-19 bulletin held on Friday will be put to a halt for the time being as the country is slowly recovering from the effects of the pandemic.

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Prof. Gauci stated that the Health Authorities will remain at the public’s disposal and will see to any questions, issues or inquiries they may have.

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