Analysis on Inter-sectional Feminist Analysis of “Loving”

One of the things that struck me immediately when reading this piece was that both authors stated their ethnic backgrounds, economic states, and current marital statuses.

So often in arguments, people do not begin with the ‘why’ of their viewpoints, and I believe that personal backgrounds have a large influence on them. In a way, each woman was effectively relaying why she had a standing on the argument and justified herself in doing so.

It was a simple action, but I found it extremely effective.

If we only did such actions when choosing leaders, we would not have women’s rights/reproductive rights policies decided by male lawmakers whose knowledge on reproductive rights starts and ends with their own wives.

Political advertisements that swarm the weeks before voting day always rave about why candidates have the fundamental qualities to justify themselves as a good leader, and yet somehow, we have been saddled with a president who had never held any prior government office.

The idea of intersectionality– not just as a feminist concept– intrigues me in the modern battle of race relations and police brutality. Often, the teens and young men who are killed seem to blend into the background as they are viewed by society as ‘another murdered black man’. Their race almost defines them, much like the black women of the 1960s who inspired the idea of intersectionality. I despise when videos and pictures of the victim are played after their passing because it infuriates me. Why didn’t society see them as a loving father, husband, or even simply a worthwhile human being until it was too late?

 

3 comments

  1. Bliss,

    I agree that in order for leaders to be effective they must have an understanding of their followers lived experiences. Unfortunately, as you mention, this is not at all the case within our current government. Instead, we have predominantly white, wealthy, heterosexual, cis-gender men making the decisions for minority groups. My hope is that over time people will begin to recognize how (if we are ever to live in a just and equitable world) it is imperative that we elect diverse leaders who embody the varied and intricate experiences of the people who they serve.

    1. I agree, it is necessary to have accurate representation in the government. We need to overcome the idea that any one other than a white male would be incredibly biased by their identity. There is still the underlying sentiment that being a white male is “neutral” and the best way to combat this is so continue to increase minority representation.

  2. I agree I really appreciated the authors letting us know their backgrounds and how they pertain to the topics of this paper. I feel like this is super rare. In most cases authors don’t do this because there is an assumption that since they have the formal education, that is credibility enough for their viewpoints. I think this is something all authors should do because it allows the reader to evaluate whether any personal bias the author has could have impact their opinions or research in any way. Additionally, it helps to combat the assumption that any author of an academic paper is a white male. I occasionally catch myself reading papers in the voice of a white male just because that is the persona our culture has conditioned us to associate with anything pertaining to academic authority. Knowing the background of the authors allows the reader to have a more accurate interpretation of the author’s perspective.

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