Intersectionality

Intersectionality is a tool that allows us to think about systemic oppression in a broad context and emphasizes individual’s experiences in an effort to understand privilege and power. Further, intersectionality requires that we understand that the combination of these factors produce a unique, substantively different experience of discrimination rather than an additional burden of discrimination. Intersectionality in architecture and the built environment disciplines is not just about the politics of recognition. As a framework for architectural advocacy, intersectionality is about the compound issues of inequity and discrimination that plague the profession. We practitioners have a collective responsibility to take action toward practices that are inclusive, egalitarian, and socially just. With sensitivity to differences of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, race, class, age, ability, sexuality, immigration status, religion, etc., we can transform dominant power relations, and build alliances and networks to revolutionize the profession responsively, reflective of its practitioners. Intersectionality includes feminist practices, which emphasize interconnectedness to redistribute power and work for the collective good, not just the individual. Intersectionality also places emphasis on collaboration, cross-disciplinary exchange and cooperative interdependency. Women have always succeeded in alternatives to normative forms of practice (by necessity), making significant contributions to the built environment. Embracing and acknowledging these allied diverse practices is an essential part of intersectionality. An intersectional approach demands that we recognize the different types of discrimination as points of overlap or as coming together at a point of intersection. The goal is not to show how one group is more oppressed than the other, but to recognize where we have similarities and differences in our experiences of discrimination, and to work to build within- and across-group solidarity.

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* 1. What is your age?

* 2. Identify your unique qualities (check all that apply)

* 3. Before taking this survey, how familiar were you with the term ‘Intersectionality’?

* 4. Privilege is a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.

Privilege doesn’t mean your life is easy or that you didn’t work hard, it simply means that you don’t have to face the systemic or structural obstacles others have to endure. Has your privilege, or a lack thereof, impacted your work in A+D?

* 5. Microaggressions are "brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership, generally happening below the level of awareness of well-intentioned members of the dominant culture. Microaggressions are different from overt, deliberate acts of bigotry, such as the use of racist epithets, because the people perpetrating microaggressions often intend no offense and are unaware they are causing harm. Microaggressions are known to be subtle insults that direct towards the person or a group of people as a way to "put down". Microaggressions include statements that repeat or affirm stereotypes about the minority group or subtly demean them.

Have you experienced microagressions, and how did you respond?

* 6. In your experience working in A+D, have you experienced any of the following (select all that apply):

* 7. At your place of work, characterize your role in decisionmaking (select all that apply):

* 8. Are you directly impacted by discrimination or do you work with people who are directly impacted by discrimination?

* 9. Do you agree with Dorte Mandrup’s statement?:

“Despite all of the efforts to make female architects feel special, the result is quite the opposite. We need to stop promoting "female architects" in worthy lists and exhibitions, so that women can be seen as more than second-class citizens.” "I am not a female architect. I am an architect"

* 10. Do you feel intersectional feminism is an appropriate topic for AWA+D’s 2018 Symposium? Why or why not?

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