Glossary

Intersectionality – Intersectional theory is the brainchild of Black civil rights advocate and legal scholar Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, who coined the term in order to describe how a number of social variables (including, but not limited to, gender, race, sexuality, class, and ability) interact, intersect, and interlock in forming the relationships of privilege and oppression that shape diverse lived experiences. While studying the United States legal system, Crenshaw noticed that anti-discrimination laws often fail to address overlapping forms of discrimination – such as the simultaneity of sexism and racism experienced by women of colour – and wanted to come up with an accessible way to explain how folks with different identities have different experiences with power structures.

WASP– a term used in reference to White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants

Queer/Queerness – For the purposes of this website, queer/queerness is primarily used as an umbrella term for lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, transgender, intersex, non-binary, and genderqueer people. However, queer has been used to describe “difference” outside of white cis-heteronormative hegemonic structures on a broader level.

Prison Industrial Complex – “a term used to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems” http://criticalresistance.org/about/not-so-common-language/

White Supremacy – generally for our purposes, this refers to the ways in which whiteness has become naturalized as an invisible, default racial identity against which all other racial groups are measured.

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