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Is intersectionality the new caste system? Show more Show less
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The concept of intersectionality is viewed by some as a liberating principle that allows their voice to be heard, whilst for others it creates divisions and hierarchies of victimhood. Is intersectionality the new caste system?

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Intersectionality is not the new caste system because it is liberating and breaks down societal divisions and hierarchies. It gives oppressed groups of the population a voice by increasing the understanding of society as a whole.
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Intersectionality breaks down social divisions and hierarchies

Intersectionality is not the new caste system because it breaks down social divisions and hierarchies. Its aim is to get rid of gender-, class-, and class-based power dynamics altogether by changing the structures that underlie contemporary politics and law.

The Argument

Mainstream feminism ignores the overlapping realities of class and race and culture. Intersectionality breaks down social divisions by acknowledging and addressing these other dimensions of oppression. Intersectionality was not designed to replicate existing power dynamics and cultural structures just to give minority groups power over white people.[1] Its aim is to get rid of such existing power dynamics altogether by changing the structures that underlie contemporary politics and law.

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Intersectionality creates an "us" versus "them" narrative around issues about race, gender, and class. Instead of breaking down social divisions and hierarchies, it creates new ones instead.

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  1. https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/5/20/18542843/intersectionality-conservatism-law-race-gender-discrimination
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