Kimberle Williams Crenshaw invented the term “intersectional” at the height of second wave feminism to describe the way in which class and race overlap with sexism to impact the lives of black women. It is a word meant to describe interlocking systems of oppression, and can be applied to socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, colonialism, globalism, and sexual orientation.

And apparently now it can be applied to porn. Specifically, “feminist” porn.

This isn’t the first abuse of the term, beginning with transgender ideology wielding the term to guilt women into including trans women as literal women, and centering feminism around trans and queer ideology. But describing porn as intersectional is idiocy and appropriation beyond belief.

Because I have no desire to go back down a particular internet rabbit hole, I am not going to look for the link that led me to a list of “feminist” porn sites, including those that are “intersectional.” This means that the porn includes minorities and sexual orientations that are normally fetishized in mainstream porn – but supposedly in a non-fetishistic manner. It’s representation, yo! Nevermind that porn itself is a type of fetish that has to do with voyeurism. Instead of critiquing how racialized porn bolsters oppression of people of color, particularly women of color, to the benefit of the white, patriarchal globalized industrial complex, these self-proclaimed feminists have decided to just make MORE porn. They just make it “intersectional” and, BOOM! There goes the patriarchy and neo-colonialism!

Except not, and my blog post about how porn can never be feminist delves into this delusion.

I can’t for the life of me understand liberal feminists’ need to keep porn and prostitution legalized and freely available in society. I can’t fathom HOW they don’t understand that prostitution and porn ARE the patriarchy and can’t be rewritten as something empowering. Why do they feel the need to defend and attempt to reform these institutions? Why not just get rid of them altogether?

I was going to write my next post about the Albanian woman, Cile Precetaj,  who was recently deported and had been seeking asylum partly to escape being targeted by the sex trade. Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands are all big-time destination countries for eastern European women, and these countries’ legalized prostitution thrives on the poverty of ex-Soviet block countries – so can she in reality seek asylum in those countries? How do you seek asylum from being forced into prostitution if prostitution is given the moral approval by Western feminists – the very women you would expect to demand asylum for women attempting to escape prostitution? And given the close tie between porn and prostitution, can you legitimately care about trafficked women and be uber pro-porn?

If you really want to get intersectional, you could talk about Western men’s obsession, hyper-sexualization, and fetishization of eastern European women that has led to the propagation of the porn and prostitution focusing on eastern European women, and the resulting human trafficking – and why this makes “American Pie” a terrible movie (I was bothered by that whole story line even as a teen). But instead, the term intersectional is used to claim porn is empowering – and thus firmly entrenching an industry responsible for the sex trafficking of women all over the world.

Liberal feminists have managed to take feminism to a new low. We MUST somehow reclaim the narrative – and the term “intersectional,” because before it was appropriated by transgender activists as a bludgeon against feminism, before it was used to describe porn, it was a very legitimate amd useful term.

And I refuse to give it up without a fight.