in·​ter·​sec·​tion·​al | \ˌin-tər-ˈsek-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of intersectional 

1a : of or relating to intersectionality Because the intersectional experience is greater than the sum of racism and sexism, any analysis that does not take intersectionality into account cannot sufficiently address the particular manner in which Black women are subordinated.— Kimberlé Crenshaw

b : involving members of multiple social categories … I was near my home, in the midst of a multiracial, multigenerational, intersectional protest. I joined hundreds of others in the streets.— Kira Banks

2 [ inter- + 1sectional ] : existing between sections intersectional war an intersectional game

3 : of or relating to an intersection intersectional joints/lines

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Nearly overnight, major news outlets published explainers on intersectionality and intersectional feminism. Kory Stamper, The Cut, "A Brief, Convoluted History of the Word ‘Intersectionality’," 9 Mar. 2018 Liesl Tommy directs the intersectional drama for MCC. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "13 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 15 Feb. 2018 Their characters are diverse in gender, race, and sexuality, at the same damn time, proving that an intersectional approach to inclusion takes care, not rocket science., "This New Study Proves That Hollywood Does Not Get Intersectionality," 23 May 2018 Percentages were slightly higher for cable and streaming, but the good news is these numbers are increasing and diversifying across the board and are becoming more intersectional. Sarah Midkiff,, "Ellen DeGeneres Opened Up To Jerry Seinfeld About The Harsh Reality Of Being Gay On TV," 8 July 2018 Now what's really fascinating is that there was sort of a gap between the intersectional left and the Bernie Sanders left. Fox News, "Ben Shapiro blasts 'idiotic' Statue of Liberty protest," 6 July 2018 The Badass Bitches tour is designed to be intersectional and discuss women from multiple artistic traditions. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Badass Bitches museum tour: for those who like their art with feminism and swearing," 2 July 2018 But progress is drastically uneven, suggesting that the future for gay plays may look more intersectional: less white, less male, less wealthy — and more transgender. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Log Cabin,’ It’s Gay vs. Trans as the Rainbow Crumbles," 25 June 2018 But the work is far from over and the conversation must continue to become more intersectional. Leah Juliett, Glamour, "Why Revenge Porn Needs Its Own #MeToo Movement," 4 June 2018

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1752, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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