@intersectional_future: An Instagram Experiment

Over the semester I have been developing an Instagram dedicated to people that are shaping a better future for generations to come while overcoming intersecting forms of oppression that have systematically been put in place. As I constructed this Digital Artefact, I made sure that I would exclusively post achieved women or gender non-conforming people of colour and address why their increasingly visible presence and representation is important for our future society. As I stated in my pitch, many different forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, ableism and queerphobia can intersect and therefore the journey to success is just that much more difficult for those identifying with intersecting marginalised groups (Carastathis 2014).

This project is a visual representation that addresses an imagined future with the basis of the need for increased representation of women inflicted with multiple forms of oppression in politics, sport, media, academia, STEM and in everyday workplace or social settings. Although there is observed evidence of increased representation within media and politics, it is nowhere near sufficient as long as the systems of oppression are still very much present (Tasevski 2018). My project, “@intersectional_future”, imagines a future where the people I have highlighted would be at the forefront of representation in all communities and their success would no longer be extraordinary as the systems of oppression would cease to exist. This is especially important within politics as in Australia, a country which prides itself on multiculturalism only 5% of senior leaders are of non-European and Indigenous background despite making up approximately 24% of the population and even less are women, LGBTQIA+, or disabled (Cave 2018). These are voices that deserve to be heard, seen and represented however at this point in time, it is lacking quite severely.

Over the semester, I have curated pictures of different people from around the globe not only finding success but also paving the way for the groups they represent. I have also received helpful feedback from my peers on how I can improve one of my biggest issues which was irregular posting. Before presenting my Beta, I would post twice in a week and then not post for multiple weeks due to poor organisational issues and unforeseen circumstances that prevented me from posting regularly at the detriment of the project. However, after receiving some feedback I have found that setting reminders have helped me to keep those posts on my radar at least weekly. I am disappointed that I wasn’t as dedicated to this DA as I originally hoped to be as there are still more people I would love to post about, however I’m glad that the format of the DA allows me to continue building this project for years to come. Overall, I have enjoyed making these posts and educating those interested about the importance of intersectional feminism and representation, and a user-centric medium like Instagram has made it possible to deliver content to the masses recognising actions and voices that are consistently forgotten about in the conversation.

 


References

Carastathis, A. (2014). The Concept of Intersectionality in Feminist Theory. Philosophy Compass, 9(5), pp.304-314.

Cave, D. (2018). In a Proudly Diverse Australia, White People Still Run Almost Everything. [online] Nytimes.com. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/10/world/australia/study-diversity-multicultural.html [Accessed 7 Jun. 2019].

Tasevski, O. (2018). Australia’s Parliament looks nothing like its community. A quota would help fix it. [online] ABC News. Available at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-16/ethnic-diversity-quotas-multicultural-australian-parliament/9538954 [Accessed 7 Jun. 2019].

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