chapter  7
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Can I Choose Who I Am? And How Would That Empower Me? Gender, Race, Identities, and the Self

Let me start by framing a dilemma. On the one hand, social justice theorists have argued that there exist institutionalized forms of racism, sexism, and heterosexism that narrow the options and increase social costs for people of color, women, lesbians, and gays for the benefit and privilege of whites, men, and heterosexuals. But on what basis do these institutionalized practices exist, and under what conditions can they be resisted and changed?