In an essay of no fewer than 800 words (there is no maximum limit), use the class readings and discussions to develop complex definitions of gender (including ideas about transgender identity), race, class, sexuality, and disability. Devote a paragraph to each term (five paragraphs in total), and use at least one class reading to define each term. As you develop your definition, think about how each of these terms is distinct from one another. Consider the ways in which each of these terms makes certain assumptions about bodily differences in different ways (for example, “race” is often understood to be about “blood,” and “gender” is often conflated with the idea of binary “sex”). Consider also the ways in which these manifest in different social and cultural contexts—for example, in the workplace, politics, war, or consumer culture.

In your final paragraph, define intersectionality in a way that incorporates each of these terms, and then explain how they fit together. In your definition, you need to explain how these terms, though distinct from one another, fit together to describe “interlocking systems of oppression.” In your final paragraph, use a specific example (a person, place, event, etc.) that illustrates intersectionality using at least three of the five terms of difference (gender, race, class, dis/ability, sexuality). Ideally, your example should show how each system of oppression exaggerates the other—for example, the ways in which expectations about hegemonic masculinity might construct dis/ability as a “failure” to achieve hegemonic manhood.

These are the articles that are going to be used for each term. I attached them

Article for Gender:
Gender and New Wave

Article for Race:
Collins article

Article for Class:
Eric Lott article

Article for Sex:
Rubin article

Article for Disability:
Shuttlesworth article


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