Spring 2018 | CUNY Graduate Center | IDS 70100: Introduction to Queer Studies


In the aftermath of our class (Katia)

After our class today, I feel that a great part of what was missing from our conversation, was the concept of intersectionnality. We often evoked intersectionality in our discussions without having read about it. Reading Kimberlé Crenshaw’s “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics” could be a good start. To stay in the spirit of our class, we can also use a free materiel and watch Kimberlé Crenshaw explain the concept in a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akOe5-UsQ2o

I recently discovered salt. from Nayyirah Waheed. I reproduce one of her poems below as I think it also could fit in our discussion of today about the “existence” of Afro-Turks. It can also echo a discussion we had about the racialized gaze and how some people are “others” and some never:


white people are not chinese.

because they are born/ live in china.

white people are not indian.

because they are born/ live in india.

white people are not african.

because they are born/ live on a continent they

murdered their way into.


— there no such thing as a white african/

colonial blood myths/ a revisionist history

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