WATCH: Munroe Bergdorf talks intersectionality with Cambridge Union students

The activist and model talks intersectionality at world's oldest debating society


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The Cambridge Union is the oldest debating society in the world, as well as the largest student society in Cambridge. On 20 November, the Union welcomed model and social activist Munroe Bergdorf.

 

Best known for channelling her unique blend of honesty and openness, the DIVA magazine columnist is raising awareness of social issues that are affecting thousands of people across the world today, including challenging stereotypes on gender, race, diversity and sexuality.

 

ABOVE: Watch the full talk from Munroe Bergorf at Cambridge Union 

 

"Black women have been so important to gay liberation. It is really important to talk about history. Even vocal culture and issues on appropriation in the LGBT community," Munroe told students.

 

“I think it’s just really changing the narrative and making sure we speak about things we don’t really want to speak about. Anyone who is strong enough to use their platform to talk about these issues should do"

 

She added that “men need to unlearn” gender roles and people of colour have to “unlearn to internalise things”. 

 

“There was a time when I tried to conform to white beauty trends. I had a self-affirming moment when I realised that if I wanted to see change I had to stick my neck out.”

 

 

Follow Munroe on Twitter at @MunroeBergdorf

 

 

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