Current campaigns for gender justice are bringing to light the pervasive continuing sexual harassment and male domination in so many domains of professional and personal life. This project hopes to engage with the current trends of exciting thinking and action in relation to gender-diversity and intersectionality and what challenges and opportunities these pose for the field of narrative practice.
This project also hopes to address what seems to be an alarming fading of feminist consciousness within (some) narrative therapy professional circles. Back in the 1980s, feminist ideas transformed the family therapy world and were a key impetus in the development of what has become narrative therapy and community work. Now, 30 years on, it seems vital that intersectional feminist ideas are once again brought to the fore in shaping the future directions of narrative practice.
In this first phase of this project, feminist practitioners from a wide range of contexts have made short videos about why this project is relevant and important to them. These are included on this page :). Thanks to everyone who has participated so far! There are contributions from many different countries, cultures and religious backgrounds.
In future phases of this project we will share and discuss practice implications of intersectional feminism in contemporary and future narrative practice.
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw (1989) introduced and developed the concept of intersectionality and intersectional theory to analyse the ways in which race and gender intersect in the lives of Black women, who then experience oppression that might come from multiple directions. This theory has since been expanded to explore how a wide range of interlocking or intersecting social identities, particularly subjugated identities, influence experiences of oppression, or discrimination in complex ways. Kimberlé Crenshaw’s work led to the development of ‘intersectional feminism’, which examines the specific experiences of oppression and discrimination that women are subjected to due to the interwoven effects of inhabiting particular positions and identities, including those regarding ethnicity, sexuality, disability and class.