I don't understand how to structure #2 on the attached list so that I am actually answering the prompt right.

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jgriffteach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It looks like you need to start with Crenshaw's notion of intersectionality. Return to your reading from Crenshaw and find where she defines the term "intersectionality" as it relates to different forms of discrimination. Using this definition of your starting point, then return to your reading by Lorde, Rich, hooks, and the Combahee River Collective for specific examples which demonstrate or showcase intersectionality. Where is there discrimination in the texts you read by these authors, and how does it demonstrate intersectionality?

The other important keyword to note is that the prompt asks you to note how the authors "anticipated" intersectionality. So, the texts that you read by the authors were likely written before Crenshaw's, and they also probably didn't use the specific term "intersectionality" which means that you have to find an example of this type of discrimination in those texts.

I don't think it matters the order that you present the examples, unless you read these texts in a specific order (then you might want to maintain the sequence presented in the prompt- an example from Lorde, then an example from Rich, then an example from hooks, etc.). If the timeline isn't an issue, I'd start with the strongest example of intersectionality that you can remember/identify from the stated authors, and then move to the second strongest example, etc.

In that case, your frame would look like this:

  1. Definition of intersectionality as it relates to discrimination from Crenshaw (with citation).
  2. Strongest example of intersectionality in the texts (or example of intersectionality from Lorde, if order is an issue) (with citation).
  3. Second strongest example of intersectionality in the texts (or example of intersectionality from Rich, if order is an issue) (with citation).
  4. *Repeat this pattern until you've pulled from each of the authors or made a strong enough case that the listed authors connect to Crenshaw's concept.
  5. Conclude to tie it back together and re-state that these authors demonstrated/anticipated what Crenshaw called "intersectionality."