The theory of Intersectionality — roughly, that the more categories of Victim you can check, the more Victim Privilege you enjoy — has been immensely influential since about 2013.
It’s popular with, say, black female homosexuals who want an intellectual-sounding justification for why they are Marginaler Than Thou to use on, say, straight black men or lesbian white women. Black women homosexuals clearly win in a matchup with white lesbians or black men through simple dominance logic. Black female lesbians check all the boxes that their traditional allies can check plus at least one more, proving their precedence.
That, by the way, is one reason why transgenders have swept to so many triumphs in recent years. Bruce Jenner, a rich Republican retired jock and devout golfer who has fathered six kids, enjoyed about as many intersectional Pokemon Points as Peyton Manning. But Caitlyn Jenner checks off all sorts of boxes: woman, transgender, even lesbian.
An old-fashioned cisgender white woman lesbian like Martina Navratilova starts at an intersectionality disadvantage in arguing against ex-men being allowed to compete in women’s sports with real women: Martina only checks two boxes, while some 250 pound trans jock who likes crushing real girls for fun can arguably check up to three or more boxes.
But Intersectionality has many gray areas that have been left vague.
For example, the Man of the Hour, Jussie Smollett, is gay, his mother is black, and his father is Jewish. Clearly, gay and black are major Intersectional categories. But what about Jewish?
Do black women semi-lesbians like Alice Walker consider Jewish to be a valid form of Intersectionality? But if Jewish doesn’t qualify for Diversity Pokemon Points, can the Theory of Intersectionality survive as a major force in American life without the self-interested support of Jewish donors, journalists, and academics?