Based on the work of Rachel K. Best, Ph.D.
Intersectionality is a theoretical framework for understanding how identities (such as race, class, and gender) combine to create interlocking modes of discrimination. The theory holds that various systems of power combine to oppress the most marginalized in society. A controversial idea, intersectionality has often been criticized for fostering identity politics and for favoring the powerless over the powerful regardless of context. To its supporters, however, intersectionality represents a powerful and unified framework for understanding oppression and conflict.
Where do you fall on the intersectional spectrum? For each of the following statements, indicate how well it applies to you below.
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The IDR-IPT© is not the equivalent of, or to be confused with, other intersectional privilege tests such as the one developed by Scheim, A. I., & Bauer, G. R. in 2019. The IDR-IPT© is the property of IDRlabs International.
This Intersectional Privilege Test (IDR-IPT) is a novel index and instrument for measuring intersectional identity perceptions – such as gender, sexuality, race, and class – and their influence on marginalization or privilege in society. Recent concerns regarding the validity of the scale of such tests are in order, as the field of intersectional theory has only recently begun to be quantified empirically. The instrument found on this site is a novel creation, based on the writings of intersectional theorists and activists. Maximum care was taken to ensure that their ideas were rendered loyally, although the transition from complex intersectional theory to straightforward psychometrics cannot be done without universalization.
Scientists at various universities have also tried to compile intersectional theory into inventories. For more on their work, see, for example: Scheim, A. I., & Bauer, G. R. (2019). The Intersectional Discrimination Index: Development and validation of measures of self-reported enacted and anticipated discrimination for intercategorical analysis. Social Science & Medicine; and Rachel Kahn Best, Lauren B. Edelman, Linda Hamilton Krieger and Scott R. Eliason Law & Society Review Vol. 45, No. 4 (DECEMBER 2011), pp. 991-1025.
Replications of amorphous theory into scientific empirical categories does not necessarily capture the depth and theoretical intention in the empirical basis employed. Although all are designed to measure intersectionality, the IDR-IPT© should not be confused with other instruments designed to measure the same power systems, such as the approaches mentioned above. The IDR-IPT© is the property of IDRlabs. The authors of this online personality test are certified in the use of various personality tests and quizzes and have worked professionally with typology and personality testing. The results of our online intersectionality identity test are provided "as-is" and should not be construed as providing professional or certified advice of any kind. For more on our online personality test, please consult our Terms of Service.