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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series) Paperback – June 1, 1984
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No New Age-isms, no agendas...just common-sense reactions to everyday experiences told in a way that not only everyone can understand, but in a way everyone SHOULD understand.
Lorde writes from her perspective as a Black woman, a lesbian, a feminist, a poet, a mother, a teacher, and a cultural activist. Her voice is forthright and unsparing in moral outrage, yet filled with hope and poetic beauty. One of the core themes unifying this collection is her incisive analysis of the interlocking, overlapping axes of difference, privilege, abuse, and resistance. As she deconstructs such phenomena as homophobia, racism, and sexism, Lorde is both intellectually ambitious and down-to-earth; in her arguments with academic figures, she never forgets the real impact of discrimination and violence upon those who live outside the relatively privileged worlds of academia.
Each piece in "Sister Outsider" makes a unique contribution to the overall impact of the book. "Notes from a Trip to Russia" is a fascinating historical document from the Cold War era. "Poetry Is Not a Luxury" serves as an important part of Lorde's artistic manifesto. "An Open Letter to Mary Daly" offers an illuminating glimpse into some of the tensions within the feminist movement of the 1970s. And "Grenada Revisited" is a powerful counterpoint to the Reaganite view of a military action in the Caribbean.Read more ›
"and it is never without fear--of visibility, of the harsh light of scrutiny and perhaps judgement, of pain, of death. but we have lived through all of those already, in silence, except death. and i remind myself all the time now that if i were to have been born mute, or had maintained an oath of silence my whole life long for safety, i would still have suffered, and i would still die. it is very good for establishing perspective." (transformation of silence).
not a book you can quickly skim through cover to cover. i took each chapter in slowly, sometimes re-read it, and put the book down for a while.
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Great writing - speaks to everyone - no matter who or what or where your community is. Andre is a voice for all generations and times.Published 2 months ago by Cyd
I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn and grow.Published 4 months ago by Charea Dominique McKenzie
Still relevant. Still powerful. Still necessary. A great collection of essays, speeches, and reflections on race, gender, sexuality, and power.Published 5 months ago by Tough times call for Tough action
More neo-communist pap. For God's sake, get over your color, okay? Millions of hip, savvy blacks are ascending successfully into EVERY single aspect of society, and completely... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John R. Kenny
Everyone should buy and read this collection. Very profound.Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Brooks
Love love love ! This book definitely opened my eyes to a lot of things African American women deal with, that I didn't really realize before.Published 12 months ago by Doreen Young