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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Paperback – August 1, 2007
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“[Sister Outsider is] another indication of the depth of analysis that black women writers are contributing to feminist thought.”—Barbara Christian, PhD, author of Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers
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- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1580911862
- ISBN-13 : 978-1580911863
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Crossing Press; Reprint edition (August 1, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What a great woman!
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde was a fierce feminist poet. Not fitting neatly into any minority group, she is a force to reckon with. She leaves behind a legacy, priceless but valuable lessons in her essays and poetry. Sister Outsider proved she stood her ground and fought with eloquence, addressing sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, social differences and classism. She left us hopeful, that we can achieve what she and others before her fought and even died for. We are our sisters keeper.
Her insight and honesty are a challenge to anyone reading this book. For example, she knows from herself and her experience, how anger that originates in oppression and brutality, can be transmuted into the nastiness that black women may show for each other. Likewise, as a mother of a boy, she anatomizes the "letting go" that any parent must do as as a child grows, along with the particular challenges of a lesbian woman in relation to a male child.
Most powerful are the last two essays. "Eye to Eye" is an extended meditation on how we see each other, but through the eyes of a black woman, seeing first of all other black women. Although most of the collection is in this vein, the last essay is a no-holds-barred treatment of American imperialism, as she revisits Grenada, her mother's birthplace, in the aftermath of the American invasion in 1983.
Lorde died of cancer in 1992. She was our Sister Outsider then, was a touchstone for Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, and is today for activists such as Angela Davis and Valarie Kaur.
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Superb intelligent writer and philosopher