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

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


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Newly revised and updated, this landmark anthology offers gripping portraits of American life as seen through the eyes of young women of color

It has been decades since women of color first turned feminism upside down, exposing the feminist movement as exclusive, white, and unaware of the concerns and issues of women of color from around the globe. Since then, key social movements have risen, including Black Lives Matter, transgender rights, and the activism of young undocumented students. Social media has also changed how feminism reaches young women of color, generating connections in all corners of the country. And yet we remain a country divided by race and gender.

Now, a new generation of outspoken women of color offer a much-needed fresh dimension to the shape of feminism of the future. In Colonize This!, Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman have collected a diverse, lively group of emerging writers who speak to the strength of community and the influence of color, to borders and divisions, and to the critical issues that need to be addressed to finally reach an era of racial freedom. With prescient and intimate writing, Colonize This! will reach the hearts and minds of readers who care about the experience of being a woman of color, and about establishing a culture that fosters freedom and agency for women of all races.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580057769
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: Live Girls Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 144,591
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(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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