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- When looking at a poverty it is important to understand the concept of intersectionality. How does this concept increase or decrease someone’s vulnerability risk and oppression?
- What are your thoughts about cyberactivism? Do you think that it is a reliable way to raise awareness, or do you think that it has contributed to our increasingly short attention spans and we move on to the next topic before anything meaningful can be done? What are other positive and negative aspects of using the internet for activism?
Respond to at least two colleagues in one of the following ways: share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting, validate an idea with your own experience, or expand on your colleague’s posting.
(Note: You do not need to respond to the discussion questions, it is included for your reference so you are aware of what questions the students are replying to) I posted my colleagues’ responses to the discussion question above, please respond to their post. Begin the response with Hi Lizzeth/Samantha) (I need at least a half page response) Please include references and provide the url link to all journal articles you use as references. Use current (meaning within the past 2 years) scholarly journal articles as references. Please use APA 6th edition format. Thanks)
Intersectionality can be described as an individual having more than one characteristic that can be vulnerable in society ( Martin, 2014). An African Amercian woman living on welfare could be used as an example of where three characteristics lead to intersectionality. Race, gender, and economic status would be the three. Intersectionality can increase vulnerabiltiy through many different facets of society. One example would be the Welfare Queen stigma of 1976 that was supported by President Ronald Reagan (Martin, 2014). Linda Taylor, who was a resident of Chicago, defrauded the welfare system up to $ 8,000 and was found guilty of her criminal actions (Martin, 2014). President Reagan initially came out to say that Ms. Taylor was defrauding the welfare system of $150,000 making a story bigger than it truly was and adding the stigma of Welfare Queen (Martin, 2014). This is damaging because false information in the media spreading to homes throughout the country can lead people to have an opinion on a certain group of people where the narrative isn’t true. Not all people on welfare are defrauding the welfare system or want to stay on welfare.
I believe that to decrease the vulnerability of intersectionality, each human in society needs to look at other humans in society on a one on one, or case by case situation. Combining the masses and believing that one person in a certain gender, economic, or race will act the same way is unfair, unaware, and not striving to learn the truth of each matter.
Martin M. E. (2014) Advocacy for Social Justice; A Global Perspective. (1st ed).
London, UK. Pearson Education
Intersectionality describes a concept when an individual or group has multiple social and cultural characteristics or identities that contribute to the inability to get out of poverty. These characteristics or identities often make these individuals or groups more vulnerable. “Vulnerable populations generally refer to those populations that are vulnerable to oppression, discrimination, injustice, and exploitation, “due to lifestyle, lack of political power, lack of financial resources, and lack of societal advocacy and support” (Martin, 2013, p. 317).” For example, if an older adult transgender female is homeless, she would have a harder time finding a job, since most employers require a home address. If she did find a job, she may have a hard time commuting to the job, paying for clothes, shoes, or a uniform to wear to work, and when she gets to work, is forced to use the men’s bathroom which may bring physical harm to her by coworkers. She may seek out resources such as homeless shelters, but is forced to shower in the men’s bathroom, so she waits for the bathroom to be empty and is late for work, resulting in her getting fired from her job and removed from the shelter, because you have to have a job to stay at this particular shelter. She’s now back where she began, homeless and jobless.
“Martin, M. E. (2013). Introduction to human services: Through the eyes of practice settings (3rd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon, Pearson Publishing.”