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This Groundbreaking Collection Reflects An Uncompromised Definition Of Feminism By Women Of Color Through Personal Essays, Criticism, Interviews, Testimonials, Poetry, And Visual Art, The Collection Explores, As Coeditor Cherr E Moraga Writes, The Complex Confluence Of Identities Race, Class, Gender, And Sexuality Systemic To Women Of Color Oppression And Liberation

10 thoughts on “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color

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    Without getting too personal, I have to admit I grew up with identity issues.I guess most women of colour living in the West do have such moments, especially seeing as how we are under represented in many areas of society Not only that, we also have to contend with stereotypes and being caught between cultures As such, this book was very important to me It is an anthology featuring different types of works poems, speeches, short stories by gay and straight women of colour African American, Asian, Native American, Latina What I found surprising is how all these groups of women have similar problems despite their ethnic differences The book is indeed radical It is very candid and unapologetic It s also exhorting It talks about the frustration that women of colour have faced when their concerns and experiences have not been included in traditional feminist theory.I found the book to be very inspirational It was actually written over 30 years ago so things have changed quite a bit but some of the concerns remain the same.The main change I have seen is women of colour gaining awareness of themselves, their place in society and their strength As Mitsuye Yamada says, I would like to think that my new awareness is going to make me visible than ever Gloria Anzaldua encourages women of colour to write and share their stories and concerns One of her quotes was so beautiful Pen, I feel right at home in your ink doing a pirouette, stirring the cobwebs, leaving my signature on the windowpanes Pen, how could I ever have feared you You are quite housebroken but it s your wildness I am in love with Despite the book being aimed at women of colour, I believe it is a good book for all women to read Very educational and enlightening.

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    don t try to read queer theory or anything on your gender studies syllabus without reading this book first because that shit all came from this shit, no matter what all the white queer theorists try to tell you.but seriously theoretically, the trajectory is there these women came up with what we all now understand as the reality that multiplicity is how each of us navigate the world ok some other folks did it too, for sure and those multiplicities occur simultaneously, both internally and externally, at all times i ve been in academic situations where students think that foucault or paolo friere or judith butler came up with this yikes.these are the words that are most at risk of being lost in gender queer sexuality academia today, so make sure you are reading it before getting deep into these fields make sure your favorite theorists today are quoting moraga and lorde and p smith and barbara ramsey ps for all you haters judith butler does this P thankfully, the coolest voices out there in queer theory today are folks writing from a post colonial queer perspective who are down with this shit who are not forgetting these crucial voices when necessarily calling for the renegotiation of identity, read Making Face, Making Soul Haciendo Caras Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color also edited by Moraga

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    This anthology by radical, feminist and mostly lesbian Women of Colour has the aura of a revolutionary moment I loved the range of styles, especially the wonderful poems and prose poems, and generally the directness that gave it the feeling of a drama, the feeling of being in a room with the contributors Much of what is said, of course, is still being said now, and I am aware that white feminists have cherry picked and weaponised words from this collection against women of colour Nonetheless, keeping the context and the drift of a challenge to we white feminists to shake off the cosy mantle of the oppressor, I will echo a few of the most thrilling lines from the performance Without an emotional, heartfelt grappling with the source of our own oppression, without naming the enemy within and outside of us, no authentic, non hierarchical connection among oppressed groups can take place Cherrie MoragaMoraga notes that white women s groups have not seemed to feel a lack when women of colour were absent, and thus have not made efforts to be inclusive This is an indictment of how feminism has been understood by white women Native writer Chrystos says I no longer believe that feminism is a tool which can eliminate racism Mitsuye Yamada writes that especially for Asian women passive resistance is not possible as such behaviour confirms stereotypes about Asian women For this reason, their anger makes white women most angry She shares that every time she speaks to white women groups it is as if women like her have never been heard before She notes that women in her life agree on feminism as an ideal but are disappointed with women s movement as is She bears witness to some acts of racism, for example, when she campaigned for the Fair Housing Bill a church friend asked her why are you doing this haven t we treated you well revealing that even third of forth generation Asian Americans are expected to act as a guests in the US, just as women of colour are expected to act as guests in feminism.Barbara Cameron is forthright on internalised racism, confessing her negative feelings about Black, Asian Chicano and other groups which have come from TV who knows where and also racism among Indians about half blood people for example She gives a neat description of the weird way white people behave at parties, describing the books they have read about your culture and so on, while the third world people and or gay people in the room all affect sophistication by talking to white people Like many contributors, she laments the racism among white lesbian feminists and the burden placed on her and other Women of Colour to eliminate racism and to educate White women.Gabriel Daniels writes about Anais Nin s maid Millicent Fredericks who came from Antigua Nin could not get past the idea of her as black, exotic to be painted by a Gauguin , suffering, poor, but she was a teacher in her home country and her work enabled Nin s, as Daniels poem beautifully and painfully highlights.A point of particular present relevance is well put by doris davenport racism is like a slimy disease and when accused liberals pull out their creds to show they do not have it Her theory is that white supremacy in white women arises from an inferiority complex caused by our own powerlessness under patriarchy.Some of the writers, for example Cherrie Moraga herself, are able to pass for white and can choose to identify as women of colour, a choice which Moraga is painfully aware others do not share, and which she identifies as a risk to those who have no choice Mirtha Quintanales talk of the perils of passing as cultural ethnic erasure which she says should be easier for lesbians to understand but this discourse can shade painfully into anti blackness and the collapse of solidarity, as keeps on happening White feminists can all too easily fall into the trap of being anti black when non black women of colour claim they are being victimised by black women, as it taps into our so easily provoked white tears White folks anti blackness can occur in all sorts of spaces Stay accountable I loved the interview with Barbara Beverly Smith on Black feminism They mention things like white women expressing pride at their decision not to finish school, while black women have no choice and must be twice as qualified to get half as far They are amused by the click white women mention when they realise they are oppressed as women Black women are all too conscious from their earliest memories, they say Also they bear witness to white lesbians accusing black lesbians of being male identified because they are concerned with issues of racism that affect men Along with many of the contributors, they critique lesbian separatism which must have been in vogue as racist or at least problematic because it ignores structural inequalities other than hetero sexism and leaves out huge groups of oppressed people And again, the choice is not often available to women of colour Also, the need for collaboration Any kind of separatism is a dead end forming principled coalitions around specific issues is very important However, as others point out, separatist groups have intermediate use as safe spacesMuch of the work shares positive aspects of Black Latin Native Asian culture in contrast to homogenized white American materiality bland, mass produced and soulless, celebrating togetherness, music, dance, food and just affirming joy in connection of articulating shared oppression and spending time with people they relate to.Merle Woo charts generational learning although her mother does not support her activism especially against heterosexism, Woo says that she could not have got where she was without the example of her mother s strength She is proud to see her own 16 year old daughter going for what she wants Familial solidarity gave her a sense of self against the racism she experienced, including as a writer, for example a white woman poet criticized her and mentioned looking for universal themes as an argument against addressing race Of course we know, universal white.Gloria Anzaldua and others point out that poverty means no time to write forget a room of one s own, write in the kitchen Like Merle Woo, she worries about misrepresenting her mother as a villain when, like all people of colour, she was a victim of the white supremacy that distorted her treatment of her dark skinned daughter Anzaldua writes lovingly about writing as strategic essentialism reclamation of subjectivity As does Nellie Wong, talking to herself, encouraging herself, summing up the wave behind her, driving her to write.The range of the material is huge Angles I did not expect included Norma Alarcon on Malintzin and Latinas reactions to the male myth, and Anzaldua Luisah Teish on spirituality breaking out of the rationalist paradigm The biggest problem that we have had was believing somebody else s story about us Andrea Canaan mentions that white women have been seen as enemies by black women due to internalised, race inflected misogyny she seduces black men and cries rape , obviously in order to call for a change of attitude Another expression of the impulse to move beyond dividing difference which white feminists have sometimes used against Women of Colour Pat Parker sees the forces of imperialism up against the wall this in 1980 Rather than revolution, imperialism blazed forth with renewed force and refreshed narratives of security against terrorists Parker reads for us the encouragement to enlist be a good American The equation is being laid out in front of us Good American Support imperialism and war To this I must declare I am not a good American I do not wish to have the world colonized, bombarded, and plundered in order to eat steak Chrystos closes the collection Like the work of other Indian Native contributors, her words express internal conflict, a morass of grief, pride, anger, the will to go on fighting, faith and hope and love in community Well, the fight goes on

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    This is a book I will always be reading, when I m not lending it out Way fucking radical, this collection of essays from amazing strong women folk explores race, sexuality, language, love, hate and discrimination The editors, Gloria Anzaldua and Cherrie Moraga, are two of my favorite writers They put my experience, fears and hopes into words Ladies of color this ones for you, even if like me you only have some color This book changed my life I would also recommend this to white people, but it might scare the shit out of you.

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    It s sad to say that it s taken me 24 years to deeply connect with a book This book feels like a war has been waged inside of me It feels painful, uncomfortable, yet beautiful all at the same time as I realize that with every turn of the page there are and women like me Strong, willfull, feeling This is the book I ve been waiting for.

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    What a revelation it was to reread This Bridge Called My Back Edited by Cherr e Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, this collection of writings by Radical Women of Color, cracked open the manicured shell of white feminism, revealing its racist, homophobic underbelly Published in 1981, the book challenged white feminists claims to solidarity, putting forth instead a model of feminism that embraced intersectionality and recognized the multiple identities that exist within each woman, and within each community It gave a platform to a powerful panoply of voices and experiences hereto relegated to the periphery of the movement Organized loosely by topic, the book combines poetry, memoir, epistles, and essays No one genre or voice claims authority, but Moraga and Anzaldua form the guiding intelligences and passionate center of the book I first encountered the book for the first time as an undergrad, and it challenged me, a straight, white girl, cocooned within middle class privilege, to acknowledge my unconscious complicity in my sisters oppression It also allowed me to embrace my own repressed artistic identity, and to recognize that my self too, was not in fact singular, but a multiplicity.Traducci n de Lis Ar valoQu revelaci n fue leer Este puente, mi espalda Editado por Cherr e Moraga y Gloria Anzaldua, esta colecci n escrita por Mujeres Radicales de Color rompi la manicurada caparaz n del feminismo blanco, revelando sus entra as racistas y hom fobas Publicado en 1981, el libro desafi los llamados a la solidaridad de las feministas blancas, poni ndolos en contraste con un modelo de feminismo que abrazaba la interseccionalidad y reconoc a las m ltiples identidades que existen dentro de cada mujer y dentro de cada comunidad Ofreci as plataforma a una poderosa panoplia de voces y experiencias relegadas a la periferia del movimiento.Organizado libremente por temas, el libro combina poes a, memorias, ep stolas y ensayos Ning n g nero o voz se apodera de la autoridad, pero Moraga y Anzaldua destacan como las inteligencias rectoras y el apasionado centro del libro Me lo encontr por primera vez en el pregrado y me desafi a m , una muchacha hetero, blanca, encerrada en el privilegio de la clase media, a reconocer mi complicidad inconsciente en la opresi n de mis hermanas Tambi n me permiti abrazar mi propia identidad art stica reprimida y reconocer que mi ser tampoco era singular en realidad, sino una multiplicidad.http 2018 11 22 b

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    Even the revised and updated 2002 version is hard to find, but I would encourage everyone to seek out a copy of this book because the strength, fire and passion of the writing is not to be missed Everything these women write is still pertinent today about the intersectionality of oppressions, the racism in the white feminist movement, the crucial need for solidarity across race, class, and gender lines I think this book should be required reading in all women s studies classes.

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    More than any other I ve ever read, this book changed my life.

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    This Bridge Called My Back is, unquestionably, one of the most influential books of my life It would be an impossible task to attempt to quantify what I experienced got learned from this book That being said This Bridge Called My Back is an anthology of essays, theory,fiction, poetry, and the fusion of all four written by radical women of color The analysis and honesty with which this book is written creates an endless source of reflection, lesson and or connection Although this book came out in the 80s, it is as relevant today as it was then With contributers such as Audre Lorde, Cherr e Moraga, Barbara Smith, and Gloria Anzald a, this book offers clear critique, analysis, and illustration to learn from, to be inspired by, and to challenge This book along with La Frontera Borderlands The New Mestiza, also by Gloria Anzald a is, hands down, one of the top books that shaped my perspectives on race, class, gender, sexuality, language, colonization, and immigration It is consistently named as one of the most influential books of countless people in my life, and continues to influence their lives, art, and organizing READ IT.

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    My favorite piece is the conversation between twin sisters Beverly and Barbara Smith all the layers of complexity, understanding, awareness, and even hints of conflict and contradiction And that s the amazing thing about the book that the whole thing functions as an extended conversation between radical women of color, and reading it we got to sense, experience, question, gasping in awareness and expression, the way the essays sometimes read like poetry and the poetry like essays and the manifestos like something in between and the editors weave quotes from the essays into their introductions and this all makes it speak both inside and outside the texts and even the parts that are now dated still shine in emotion and commitment, the clumsier pieces illuminate and sometimes the clumsiness becomes part of the analysis, this drive towards clarity that sometimes ends, or sometimes clarity ends this drive All of that What I m saying is that everything feels so engaged in the conversation, in the work to challenge and invoke differences and build analysis towards substantive change.