‘You say identity politics. I say intersectionality. Can’t we get along?’

‘Some men feel patronised not by what I’m saying, but because I’m a woman saying it’

Gender identities: “As a woman on the left, I often experience aggression when I disagree with a man.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gender identities: “As a woman on the left, I often experience aggression when I disagree with a man.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

To address inequality, we need to talk about class, race, gender, sexuality, ability and other intersections of privilege and disadvantage. Some people call this “identity politics”; I call it “intersectionality”.

Hey, folks on the left who rail against intersectionality: I need you. That’s the baseline. We can’t create a better world without each other. I propose some conflict resolution, because, while we’re fighting, the Trumps, Mays and Varadkars are industriously demonising folks on welfare while smiling beatifically at their private school banker buddies; they’re implementing eternal austerity; attacking women’s reproductive rights; destroying the environment; stigmatising immigrants; dismantling the social safety nets that our political forebears built; weakening the labour rights and social commitments to gender and racial equality that are the legacy of our movement.

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