Nuances of Intersectionality and their Impact on Inclusion and Support for Black Women


The concept of “intersectionality” refers to the multiple identities that give each of us our own unique characteristics as well as the power, privilege, and/or oppression that emerge from the confluence of those identities. Because they are frequently invisible and unacknowledged, frequently lacking at birth, and constitute a change from past intersectionality awareness, situational, life-changing aspects like sorrow, illness, handicap, or trauma are challenging to manage. Black women are positioned to continually traverse stereotypes based on their phenotypical characteristics and external views. They frequently endure marginalisation based on gender and racialized identities. Black women are more vulnerable at times of stress or crisis when they are also dealing with intersectional identity shift, which highlights the importance of individuals who can offer them personal or professional assistance. Because of this, intersectionality offers possibilities to be defined and reinvented at many stages of life. The author’s experience managing imperceptible intersectionality variables, incorrect assumptions made by others, and developing her own resilience are all explored in this piece. The author offers connection as a tactic to advance human rights within the Black community while taking into account the dichotomy of activity and respectful distance as answers to societal problems. With the use of an autoethnography qualitative research method, recovery and healing-promoting personal and professional practises are offered.

Author(s) Details:

Wendy Ashley,
California State University Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8226, California, USA.

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Keywords: Intersectionality, auto ethnography, judgment, identity, privilege

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