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Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism

Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism


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It has been decades since women of color first turned feminism upside down, exposing the ‘70s feminist movement as exclusive, white, and unaware of the concerns and issues of women of color from around the globe. Now a new generation of brilliant, outspoken women of color is speaking to the concerns of a new feminism, and to their place in it. Daisy Hernandez of Ms. magazine and poet Bushra Rehman have collected a diverse, lively group of emerging writers who speak to their experience—to the strength and rigidity of community and religion, to borders and divisions, both internal and external—and address issues that take feminism into the twenty-first century. One writer describes herself as a “mixed brown girl, Sri-Lankan and New England mill-town white trash,” and clearly delineates the organizing differences between whites and women of color: “We do not kick ass the way the white girls do, in meetings of NOW or riot grrl. For us, it’s all about family.” A Korean-American woman struggles to create her own identity in a traditional community: “Yam-ja-neh means nice, sweet, compliant. I’ve heard it used many times by my parents’ friends who don’t know shit about me.” An Arab-American feminist deconstructs the “quaint vision” of Middle-Eastern women with which most Americans feel comfortable. This impressive array of first-person accounts adds a much-needed fresh dimension to the ongoing dialogue between race and gender, and gives voice to the women who are creating and shaping the feminism of the future.

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ISBN-13: 9781580050678
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 07/29/2002
Series: Live Girls Series
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 8.82(w) x 5.92(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed and the former editor of ColorLines. She has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered. She teaches creative writing at Miami University in Ohio.

Bushra Rehman's novel Corona was included in Poets & Writers Best Debut Fiction list and featured in the LA Review of Books. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Color Lines, Poets and Writers, The Feminist Wire, and more.

Table of Contents

Foreword: "The War Path of Greater Empowerment" Cherríe L. Moraga ix

Introduction to the Second Edition Daisy Hernández xiii

Introduction to the Second Edition Bushra Rehman xix

Introduction to the First Edition xxiii

Family and Community: A Litany for Survival

Browngirlworld: queergirlofcolor organizing, sistahood, heartbreak Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha 3

#SayHerName: The Day Utopia Came Home Jamilah King 16

Colonize This! Cristina Tzintzún 31

Resisting Sterilization & Embracing Trans Motherhood Luna Merbruja 42

What Happens When Your Hood Is the Last Stop on the White Flight Express? Taigi Smith 50

HIV and Me: The Chicana Version Stella Luna 65

Tenderheaded Before, During, and After Obama Amber Taylor 78

Love Feminism but Where's My Hip Hop? Shaping a Black Feminist Identity Gwendolyn D. Pough 91

Our Mothers, Refugees from a World on Fire

Black Feminism in Everyday Life: Race, Mental Illness, Poverty, and Motherhood Siobhan Brooks 103

Bring Us Back into the Dance: Women of the Wasase Kahente Horn-Miller 120

Love Clinic Soyon Im 133

Echoes of a Mother: Black Women, Foster Care, and Reproductive Rights Sayeeda Copeland 141

Dutiful Hijas: Dependency, Power, and Guilt Erica González Martínez 151

Becoming an Abortion Doula Sandra Kumwong 164

Femme-Inism: Lessons of My Mother Paula Austin 176

Feminist Musings on the No. 3 Train Phoenix Soleil 188

Going Through Customs

Chappals and Gym Shorts: An Indian Muslim Woman in the Land of Oz Almas Sayeed 201

Migrant Organizing: A Retelling Sonia Guiñansaca 212

Ladies Only Tanmeet Sethi 228

Our Hermanitas' Heroes Andrea L. Pino 239

Organizing 101: A Mixed-Race Feminist in Movements for Social Justice Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz 245

Lost in the Indophile Translation: A Validation of My Experience Bhavana Mody 255

Talking Back, Taking Back

A Native American Feminist's Guide to Survival Natani Notah 267

Heartbroken: Women of Color Feminism and the Third Wave Rebecca Hurdis 273

It's Not an Oxymoron: The Search for an Arab Feminism Susan Muaddi Darraj 285

Angry Transsexuals Lexi Adsit 300

Falling off the Tightrope onto a Bed of Feathers Darice Jones 307

How Sexual Harassment Slaughtered, Then Saved Me Kiini Ibura Salaam 319

The Black Beauty Myth Sirena J. Riley 334

Can I Get a Witness? Testimony from a Hip-Hop Feminist Shani Jamila 346

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