“Linsanity” : A Sociological Look February 22, 2012 • Rosalind • "model minority", Asian Americans, popular culture, sociology, sports, systemic racism, white racial frame Tweet Tags: Jeremy Lin, Linsanity
Thanks, Rosalind. Very well said. And you make key points no one else has, especially on the intersections of racism and sexuality imaging. It is well past time of Asian Americans to get some central attention on these contemporary issues.
Dr. Chou, great job on converging sociology and Linsanity! I do have a question thought in regards to intersectionality: could a person argue that people who are racialized are by default gendered and classed?
If so, then I would believe this to be different than intesectionality which places Race, Gender, and Class as being on the same plane.
Listening to your insightful piece and my understanding of the many racialized others, it seems historicially that any non-white racial or ethnic group once racialized, they are then gendered and classed. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!
@MindOverMatter – Thanks for the very thoughtful question. First, however, I wouldn’t say that “intersectionality puts Race, Gender, and Class on the same plane.” On the contrary, I think when we look at things intersectionally, we are simply acknowledging that there are many different ways one might experience domination and that they overlap.
These systems can operate independently of each other. It is not that they are all acting at equal levels, it’s that they are interconnected. You could say that people who are racialized are by default gendered and classed, this goes for people of color AND whites. So, intersectionality is a discussion of these mechanisms, it doesn’t just happen to the racially othered, if that makes sense. These systems overlap for ALL people, not just people of color.
Taking an intersectional view can evaluate the dynamics within those racial groups as well, like with Patricia Hill Collins’ Black Sexual Politics. There are a number of ways gender and sexuality operate within the African American community, and then different ways they operate in white spaces.
I will say that people of color are gendered and classed in a particular manner that is about controlling and stereotyping bodies of color. Whites, men in particular, ideologically sit in a particular place where they have access to all women’s bodies regardless of race (we’ve seen this historically) but this intersects class. Poor whites face different gendered and sexualized constructions then middle class and wealthy whites. For white women, there are still many controlling images in the media about their sexuality and constructions of femininity. Right? So, that’s a really quick explanation of why I discuss this as an intersectional matter.
It’s not that these systems are on equal plane, some times different portions are more salient then others depending on time and place. I stress that we need to recognize the interconnectedness of these systems to full understand, in this case, how race is operating. Hope that helps. Thanks again for you question.