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amongstclouds wrote

I bet you don't even know the difference between 'idpol' and intersectional theory.

grabs popcorn


plast wrote

Holy shit youre a smug one. Intersectional theory, at its core, is a perspective that suggests that things like race and gender are not isolated in systems. Instead they are very much intermeshed. Many anarchists believe it is possible to "fight the the class struggle" and the "Race/gender struggle". Examples of intersectionality can be seen in the crusade against white feminism, which seeks only to improve the lives of an already privileged demographic. While it ignores the struggles of other women of colour. Intersectionality, when done right, is extremely important. Its critical to acknowledge that it isnt always "Rich v. not Rich", but rather a complex ordeal that involves gender and race. The "class struggle" and fighting for minorities doesnt have to be mutually exclusive, in fact, many say they should be heavily intertwined. Idpol is the shittier version of intersectionality. Like i said to /u/Anarcropolis idpol is essentially viewing politics through the lenses of ones identity, whether that be being black or a woman. Idpol in practice often means different groups competing to be the most "oppressed" and the creation of victim mentality that prevents real progress. It also often results in people going after specific issues related to their group and ignoring the cause. For instance, idpol in regards skin whitening products and the white beauty standard, would most likely mean a demand to see more diversity and body positivity in advertising. Should those companies concede, it would be considered a win. Intersectionality, when responding to that same issue, would recognize that by making people insecure about their skin color more products can be sold and see capitalism as the main issue instead of racism. The solution for them would be to work towards a post-capitalist society or implement socialism.

To be crystal clear: I hate idpol and support intersectionality.