The Complexity of Intersectionality

  title={The Complexity of Intersectionality},
  author={Leslie J. McCall},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={1771 - 1800}
  • L. McCall
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Philosophy
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Feminist analytic philosophers have been working in trying to define and explain the meaning of “gender”, “race”, “sexuality”, etc., using the tools of analytic philosophy in very different ways and from a variety of approaches. Many feminist philosophers, for example, have focused on the question of whether the concepts of “gender”, “race”, “sexuality” and so on are natural kind terms or socially constructed. Although we cannot claim that there is full agreement on either the methods or the… 

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