Recently, I came upon a video that I hadn’t seen in a few months. It’s a recording of a slam poem done by a LA youth group, Get Lit, titled “This Is the Price of Your Woman Card” (the link to the video is below). While this poem is typically analyzed and viewed in a feminist context, I think it is interesting to discuss the intersectionality present in the piece.
In “This Is the Price of Your Woman Card,” the four presenters do a sales pitch for a woman’s card and all its privileges. While the satirical piece lightens the mood when discussing such a harsh topic, it also raises valid points. For example, the four female presenters enthusiastically state, “There will be an annual membership fee of 78 cents to a man’s dollar. 64 cents if you’re not a premium member.” While this fact is primarily targeting the gender wage gap, it highlights how women of color face different forms of discrimination. This is intersectionality. For those who are not familiar with the term “intersectionality,” it is a relatively new phrase coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw that refers to the interconnected nature of social categorizations, such as race, gender, and socioeconomic status.
Before anyone recognized how race and gender interacted, it was assumed that all women faced the same amount of discrimination. We now know this is not true. Because of different cultural histories, black women and white women have very different everyday experiences. So how do we resolve this? How do we bring all genders and races to an equal level within society? Did this slam poem do a good job of working to combat against discrimination?