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New children’s book on intersectionality examines ‘overlap in race, gender and sexuality’

Will introduce children to importance of identity

A new children’s book from three USC Ph.D. students promises to present children with examinations on “the overlap in race, gender and sexuality,” according to the Daily Trojan.

The book, “IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All,” will be released this summer through Dottir Press, a feminist publishing and art company. It aims to explain intersectionality to a younger audience in order to emphasize the importance of identity.

“IntersectionAllies” will feature the stories of eight girls and one gender-nonconforming child who will encounter various types of social challenges. Such topics include the children helping each other with Black Lives Matter protests and the Dakota Access Pipeline’s access to clean water, according to the Trojan.

The authors credited part of the inspiration for the book to the current political climate.

“In these trying political times, there’s increased bullying at school because of identity-based issues and tensions, so what spoke to us, is [the book] introduces very early issues of intersecting or different identities to children,” explained one of the authors, according to the Trojan. 

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, one of the foremost scholars on critical race theory, contributed the forward to the book.

The book has a basis in doctoral research done by the authors and USC sociologists, but it attempts to move outside the academic world to make the concepts more palatable for children.

It will be released this summer.

Read the full Daily Trojan report.

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