Intersectional Feminisms

Chapter 3 of Untie to Tie focuses on intersectional feminisms. While a large part of contemporary feminist discourse is mostly advocating for women’s rights and equality, intersectional feminism intends to consider how overlapping identities — including race, class, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation — impact women’s experiences of oppression and discrimination. Intersectional feminisms — understood through the lens of colonial legacies — is an opportunity to highlight the necessity to incorporate forms of feminism into a political project of global emancipation that pays attention to every form of oppression. A feminist discourse that only focuses on women’s rights and equality is not only often ethnocentric, but beneath its concern for women’s emancipation, it is drawn by a long-time fear of alterity. Intersectional feminism is thus a call to work on a global analysis of the power relationships that structure societies.