WHAT IS INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM?
The term ‘intersectional feminism’ is still new in Vietnam, to the extent that 10 out of 10 girls started googling it when I asked! But the concept is easy to understand.
By its dictionary definition, intersectionality is the idea of the interconnected nature of social categorisations such as race, class, gender, sexuality and ability etc. These categorisations or identities result in overlapping systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
To simplify, when you look at a person, there are many different facets that you need to take into consideration to understand their position, power or privilege.
So, when you meet a girl, she might not simply be facing issues caused by her gender. When you dig deeper into her experience, you may find she is a girl from an ethnic minority who has to drop out of school to get married early; or she is a lesbian, struggling to be herself while living in a society that doesn’t support the LGBTQ+ community.