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Social Class and Sexuality, Intersections Between

This entry focuses on LGBTQ people’s intersecting experiences of social class and sexuality under capitalism as they influence (and are influenced by) the global, political economy. The emphasis here is on how research integrates notions of social class and sexuality, as well as materiality and culture.

The Concept of Intersectionality

Intersectionality is a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw through her research on the discrimination that Black women faced at work. As feminist movements of the 1970s and early 1980s focused on ways to end sexism alone, the concept of intersectionality provided a way for Black women to critique mainstream feminism as centered around White, middle-class women’s experiences and ignorance of racism and the oppression of poor women. Lesbian feminists also critiqued mainstream feminism as dominated by ...

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