First Church of Intersectionality

The always insightful and elegant Elizabeth Corey in First Things.

Individuality is secondary to group identity.

Soon the church-like atmosphere evolved into a political rally.

Intersectional scholars are, by definition, unhappy with their situations in life.

Gender, sexuality, family, ­hierarchy, capitalism, and, most of all, the university and its “pretense” to objective knowledge must be destroyed and reconstituted. Scholarship is secondary. Activism is what matters most.

Intersectionality is, then, a quasi-religious gnostic movement, which appeals to people for precisely the reasons that all religions do: It gives an account of our brokenness, an explanation of the reasons for pain, a saving story accompanied by strong ethical imperatives, and hope for the future. In short, it gives life meaning.