I updated Neurodiversity and Unilateral Accommodationism with selections from The Intersectional Presidency – Tressie McMillan Cottom on nuance and context.
At its core, intersectionality is about nuance and context.
Intersectionality is a structural theory about processes and systems that make our identities mean something in different contexts.
Intersectionality’s raison dêtre is to reveal the systems that organize our society. Intersectionality’s brilliance is that its fundamental contribution to how we view the world seems so common-sense once you have heard it: by focusing on the parts of the system that are most complex and where the people living it are the most vulnerable we understand the system best. Mark Lilla and others who critique this view of the body politic, reducing it to the caricature of “identity politics”, refuse to engage intersectionality’s most powerful empirical truth: we all have intersectional identities and all of them matter, if not all in the same way.