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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786750665
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 02/24/2010
Series: Live Girls
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 367,368
File size: 811 KB

About the Author

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.

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.

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Le tus praise the brave women in this spirited collection! The sounds (more like roars) of these young feminists of color draft a much-needed chapter in the history and future of the women's movement.