Non­fic­tion: Meet at the In­ter­sec­tion

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“I live in and think about cities a lot. When I think about in­ter­sec­tion­al­ity, I al­ways see a lit­eral in­ter­sec­tion,” Re­becca Sol­nit said in a re­cent in­ter­view in the Na­tion. “Let’s hang out on the cor­ner. Let’s meet at the in­ter­sec­tion.” In­ter­sec­tion­al­ity de­scribes the in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness of so­cial cat­e­gories, which may over­lap to cre­ate sys­tems of ad­van­tage and dis­ad­van­tage. Jot down some notes on two or more so­cial iden­ti­ties with which you iden­tify, per­haps re­lated to race, class, gen­der, re­li­gion, or age. En­vi­sion these cat­e­gories meet­ing at a lit­eral in­ter­sec­tion or city street cor­ner. Write a per­sonal es­say in­spired by this im­age. Con­sider each cat­e­gory and how those cat­e­gories in­ter­act and build on one an­other when they meet. Draw on mem­o­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences you’ve had that ex­em­plify or mag­nify your re­al­ity within these iden­ti­ties.

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