The Left’s Intersectionality Problem

In this week’s New Yorker, Nathan Heller explores the culture wars tearing apart liberal arts colleges across the country. Though he focuses specifically on Oberlin, the terms he uses to describe their challenges, once abstract philosophical mumblings, have now entered the political lexicon on many such campuses. Far from being a tempest in a teacup, the millennial obsession with “allyship” and “intersectionality” — both terms, by the way, that are not yet free from the “oppressive” red squiggly line brought to us by the evil capitalist, hegemonic and colonialist enterprise that is Microsoft word — have very real, very tangible repercussions.