A Positive Use Of ‘Intersectionality’


The usage of “intersectionality” refers to a commonality of apparent or ascribed discrimination or disadvantage (“For Jewish Feminists, New Set Of Minefields,” March 17).

I suggest there is another type of intersectionality that I believe preferable to recognize. That is the one within generations of a family, and family connections, and the larger Jewish (intra-Jewish community) and world community as well.

For example, a young Jewish woman professional, referring to the fact that she is a daughter of a Holocaust hidden-child survivor, recently commented about her “compelling heritage as a mother, daughter, sister, modern woman, feminist and, indeed, a citizen of humanity, a woman of the world entire.”

It is such dimensions of intersectionality that are praiseworthy and enrich the sustainability and continuity of the Jewish community.