in·​ter·​sec·​tion·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsek-shnəl How to pronounce intersectional (audio) , -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- + sectional entry 1] : existing between sections intersectional war an intersectional game
3 : of or relating to an intersection intersectional joints/lines

Examples of intersectional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This crisis, where so many suffer in silence, is a byproduct of an intersectional oppression built on a foundation of economic, spiritual, physical and emotional violence against our minds and bodies. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 26 May 2021 His passion for intersectional visual storytelling has led him to work as a photographer, photo editor, print designer and, most recently, as the assistant director of photography at the Columbia Missourian. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Yeah, Beyond Meat is much more intersectional in terms of its impact. Brendan Doherty, Forbes, 25 May 2021 There’s space and room for us and our Blackness does not look all the same, our Blackness looks different, our Blackness is intersectional. Katherine Singh,, 12 May 2021 For women struggling to simply get their careers back on track, Cole agreed with Hamilton on targeting the intersectional needs of a diversity of women. Kyv Editorial Staff, NBC News, 19 Apr. 2021 While the bill is an important step forward, the roots of anti-Asian bias are complex, intersectional, and steeped in history. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 19 May 2021 Jenkins’s convoluted opus is bankrolled by an industry that already hailed his film Moonlight (2016), an intersectional race-gender conceit of nearly laughable preciousness. Armond White, National Review, 12 May 2021 Wyn Wiley, a 28-year-old photographer and intersectional environmentalist, wanted to change that. Isabelle Chapman And Rachel Janfaza, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of intersectional

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Intersectional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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