I highly recommend “Freedom Is A Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement” by Angela Davis for anyone interested in getting back to the real meaning of intersectionality. It is a politically astute analysis of feminism, including a focus on the role of black women in the 1960s Civil Rights movement, women of color in the feminist fight against the police state, an overall critique of capitalism and neo-liberalism, and an emphasis on the collective over the individual.

As she states at the end, intersectionality is an intersection of struggle, not identities.

She does believe seem to believe in the absolute inclusion of trans women in feminism, and this is the only point in the book at which I disagree with her somewhat. But at the same time she believes we need to go beyond “gender equality” – which is more of a radical approach – and she doesn’t seem to believe trans women should be the focus of feminism; most of her feminist analysis focuses on women, particularly women of color, within neo-liberalism and the police state. In other words, her approach to the trans issue is complex.

She also makes the VERY astute observation (a few times) that just because gay marriage is legal, there aren’t still issues of power and sexism in the heterosexual institution of marriage, and in fact we should think critically of why we are still pushing people into marriage. I actually really appreciate this viewpoint.

One other thing she says that is interesting is how feminist mechanisms of analyzing power structures and building movements can and should be applied to all movements.

(And yes, I literally just took a picture of the book instead of finding it online)