Taking an Intersectional Approach to Online Violence

The following by Womanity Foundation founder Yann Borgstedt originally appeared on The Huffington Post. You can read the piece in its entirety here.

Why do we call women’s issues “women’s issues”? So much of the inequality and violence that women encounter are relevant to men as well. The problems of patriarchy are not exclusively damaging to women — they hurt men, too. But these problems are even more nuanced than that. Women’s issues are not simply divisible into two genders.

So-called “women’s issues” affect different women with unique experiences and identities in radically different ways. Women’s issues are intersectional and layered. The problems a queer black woman faces are different from those of a white cisgender woman. Her identities are not siloed — woman, black, queer. Rather, these elements of her identity, fused together, can — and in most cases, do — lead to greater levels of oppression than that of a white woman.