Intersectionality map

 

As Susan Kaiser states that ” fashion subjectivity is rather multiple subjectivities, shaped in part by the interplay among diverse subject position.” Therefore, for me, intersectionality is the overlapping of each diverse subject position where discriminations and disadvantages are created. Just like the video example during the class, it metaphors the intersectionality as a crossroad. “Victim” is standing on both side of the road, yet neither the side embraces he/she. As a result, he/she is being ignored.

The six terms I put on my intersectionality map are

Nation,

Politics,

Class,

Sexuality,

Gender,

Weight.

Some of these are a more general term to describe my position or category in the society, while some are more personal to me. Each term is interacting with one and another under different circumstance. And they constructed a certain degree of who I am, how I behave, and how I dress. In my intersectionality map, I put the terms Nation, and Politics on it. I believe this intersectionality is people who aren’t Chinese can’t experience.

When western think of the nation China, the first-word pop up in their mind probably would be socialism.
However, China’s political stand is characteristic socialism. Simply explain, it’s a combination of capitalism and socialism. The government in China are only supervising the market. The market is mostly free. The government will only intervene when things are out of control. As a result, standing in the middle of this crossroad often makes me confused about my political stand. We are not count as pure Socialism neither Capitalism. Should I consume like what capitalist does, or should I keep the merit from our ancestors? Also, we are experiencing huge among of misunderstanding from the western because most of them are lack of information about what China is really like, as well as the political tension between, especially China and the US, as well as the other capitalism countries. Personally, I feel like I’m living in a capitalist lifestyle. However, people still consider us as pure socialism, as their opponent.

An interesting term I put in my intersectionality map is Weight. ” Weight” is usually not a common term people will put in. For me, because I’m born with malnutrition, so I have a very skinny body shape which often makes me seem weak. So when it mixed with my class, my nation, my gender, young people are always asking how I diet to lose weight, while the elder is always having the assumption of I diet too hard, or I never eat. In fact, I eat a lot, and I never been on a diet. But people won’t understand my situation due to all the advertisement is implying the idea of losing weight to the youth. So to avoid this kind of conversation, I tend to wear loose clothing that won’t make people aware of my weight.

Also, I am being put in a dilemma because I am a straight Chinese woman. On the one hand, people might overlook me because I am in one of the most ordinary categories–straight woman. Still, I am carrying lots of stereotypes of Chinese women.

As a result, I always want to jump out of the boxes and dress myself as it is a statement of mine to break those stereotypes. On the other hand, conservative national customs pulls me back. It alerts me to choose a more mediocre style.

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