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Intersectionality concerns transcend straight, white feminism

Intersectionality concerns transcend straight, white feminism

Somewhere at the intersection of her gender (female) and her sexual orientation (lesbian) Jennifer Eden found herself in danger of falling through the cracks.

When the 27-year-old Baltimorean went to a local clinic for an HIV test, clinicians assumed she was heterosexual. They asked if she uses condoms — instead of eliciting information and suggesting practices that would protect her from sexually transmitted diseases.

Likewise, women living in Baltimore public housing found recently that the intersection of their gender (female) and race (mostly African-American) put them at risk. Earlier this year, the city agreed to pay $8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit...

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