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This Bridge Called my back

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Rosario Acosta

on 30 April 2010

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THIS BRIDGE CALLED MY BACK WRITINGS BY RADICAL WOMEN OF COLOR Editors
Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldua Gloria, chicana lesbian-feminist,
poet, writer, and cultural theorist.
Died on May 15, 2004 A Chicana playwright, poet and essayist.
Artist in residence at Standford University
Writings on Chicana-Lesbian CHILDREN PASSING IN THE STREETS
The Roots of Our Radicalism ENTERING THE LIVES OF OTHERS
Theory in Flesh AND WHEN YOU LEAVE, TAKE YOUR PICTURES WITH YOU
Racism in the Women's Movement BETWEEN THE LINES
On Culture, Class and Homophobia SPEAKING IN TONGUES
The Third World Woman Writer EL MUNDO ZURDO
The Vision Cherrie & Gloria
the experiences which divide them as feminists;
incidents of intolerance, prejudice and denial of differences
the causes and sources of these divisions.
“feminist” means. Latina/o
Communication studies
Theorizing Performance
Dr. Bernadette Marie Callafel global perspectives on issues of race, gender & ethnicity,
an accessible discourse, a political and personal positioning. "A theory in the flesh means one where the physical
realities of our lives-our skin color, the land or concrete
we grew up on, our sexual longings-all fuse to create
a politic born out of necessity” "Feminism is the political theory and practice to free all women: women of color, working-class women, poor women, physically challenged women, lesbians, old women, as well as white economically privileged heterosexual women.” "one of the most cited books in feminist theorizing" “being a bridge means being a mediator between yourself and your community and white people, these communities range from feminist communities to alliances between communities of color and white communities.” Women of color form their radicalism.
childhood and youth
“color problem”
“There’s no such thing as passing. Here are women of every shade of color and grade of class to prove that point.”
“women of color learned to live with those contradictions at an early age.” "We are the colored in a white feminist movement.
We are the feminists among the people of our culture.
We are often the lesbians among the straight.
We do this bridging by naming ourselves and by telling our stories in our own words."
Our white sisters
Radical friends
Love to own pictures of us
Sitting at a factory machine
Wielding a machete
In our bright bandanas
Holding brown yellow black red children
Reading books from literacy campaigns
Holding machine guns bayonets bombs knives
Our white sisters
radical friends
should think again…
And when our white sisters
Radical friends see us
In the flesh
Not as a picture they own
They are not quite as sure
If
They like us as much
We’re not as happy as we look
On
Their
Wall.
“women of color actively identified and involved as feminists.” Lesbianism: an Act of Resitance
“For a woman to be a lesbian in a male-supremacist,
capitalist, misogynist, racist, homophobic,
imperialist culture, such as that of North America,
is an act of resistance,” “women of color and how they see writing
as a tool for self-preservation and revolution.” defy the myth that the color of their skin
prevents them from using the pen to create I lack imagination you say
No, I lack language.
The language to clarify
My resistance to the literate
Words are a war to me
They threaten my family.

To gain the word
To describe the loss
I risk losing everything
I may create a monster
the word’s length and body
swelling up colorful and thrilling
looming over my mother, characterized.
Her voice in the distance
Unintelligible illiterate
These are the monster’s words
GLORIA ANZALDUA
Who gave us permission to perform the act of writing?
Why does writing seem so unnatural to me?
Who am I, a poor Chicanita from the sticks, to think I could write? “the left-handed world, the colored, the queer, the poor, the female, and the physically challenged.” “Third World women, lesbians, feminist and feminist-oriented men of all colors are banding and bonding together.” “can live together and transform the planet.”
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