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Title:
Colonize this! : young women of color on today's feminism
Author:
Hernández, Daisy.
Publication Information:
New York : Seal Press ; [Emeryville, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xxviii, 403 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Foreword / Cherríe Moraga -- Introduction / Bushra Rehman and Daisy Hernández -- Browngirlworld : queergirlofcolor organizing, sistahood, heartbreak / Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha -- Colonize this! / Cristina Tzintzún -- Organizing 101 : a mixed-race feminist in movements for social justice / Lisa Weiner-Muhfuz -- Man of the house / Juleyka Lantigua -- What happens when your hood is the last stop on the white flight express / Taigi Smith -- HIV and me : the chicana version / Stella Luna -- Love feminism but where's my hip hop? : shaping a black feminist identity / Gwendolyn D. Pough -- Black feminism in everyday life : race, mental illness, poverty and motherhood / Siobhan Brooks -- In praise of difficult chicas : feminism and feminity / Adriana López -- Love clinic / Soyon Im -- Dutiful hijas : dependency, power and guilt / Erica González Martínez -- Femme-inism : lessons of my mother / Paula Austin -- Feminist musings on the no. 3 train / Lourdes-marie Prophete -- Thirty-eight / Cecilia Ballí -- Chappals and gym shorts : an Indian Muslim woman in the land of oz / Almas Sayeed -- "Because you're a girl" / Ijeoma A. -- Bring us back into the dance : women of the Wasase / Kahente Horn-Miller -- Ladies only / Tanmeet Sethi -- I sold my soul to rock and roll / Kristina Gray -- Lost in the indophile translation : a validation of my experience / Bhavana Mody -- Heartbroken : women of color feminism and the third wave / Rebecca Hurdis -- It's not an oxymoron : the search for an Arab feminism / Susan Muaddi Darraj -- Falling off the tightrope onto a bed of feathers / Darice Jones -- How sexual harassment slaughtered, then saved me / Kiini Ibura Salaam -- Living outside the box / Pandora L. Leong -- The black beauty myth / Sirena J. Riley -- Nasaan ka anak ko? a queer Filipina-American feminist's tale of abortion and self-recovery / Patricia Justine Tumang -- Can I get a witness? Testimony from a hip hop feminist / Shani Jamila.
ISBN:
9781580050678
Format :
Book

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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, the transgender movement, and the activism of young undocumented students. Social media has also changed how feminism looks for young women of color, generating connections and access to audiences in all corners of the country. But 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 colors.


Author Notes

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.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Hernandez and Rehman, self-described as a "Catholic Cuban-Colombian girl from New Jersey" and a "Pakistani Muslim girl from Queens," offer various perspectives--their own and others--of life lived as young feminists of color, exploring commonalities and cultural differences and examining macho cultures and American capitalism. The collection takes its title from an essay by Cristina Tzintzun, whose Mexican mother and white father personified the colonial experience. The essays explore four major themes: family and community; mothers; cultural customs; and talking back to white feminists, men, mothers, liberals, and others. These women express a more radical, racialized feminism that broadens the movement beyond its early incarnation. An established voice on racism and feminism, Jordan offers a collection of essays that criticizes our reluctance as a nation and as individuals to examine our own moral stances even as we discuss the immorality of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. She declares that Americans are not hated because the nation is free and just, but because it fails to respect the self-determination of others. The collection includes a letter to a friend of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and several essays on a wide array of subjects, including reversals of affirmative action, breast cancer, rape, O. J. Simpson, racial and sexual identity, and bisexuality. All of the pieces are aimed at provoking readers to adapt a larger, more global perspective. Vanessa Bush


Library Journal Review

Ms. magazine columnist Hernandez and former Muslim poet Rehman, both feminist activists, have assembled a broad collection of essays by young women writers, academics, and activists from a range of cultures and sexual orientations. A few essays have a very specialized focus, describing such experiences as a Chicana with HIV and a Native American woman participating in the typically male War Dance ceremony. More often the contributors look more generally at their lives and families and consider how these experiences have influenced their understanding of feminism. Several writers critique "white, middle class feminism" for failing to take into account the impact of classism and racism on women of color. One essay discusses the impact of gentrification on poor, single mothers; another tells of the author's immigrant mother turning to sex work to support her daughters. Cultural and religious customs are discussed by a Nigerian woman who comes to the United States for college and by an Indian American woman who is expected to pursue an arranged marriage. These are very personal, interesting, and readable essays. Recommended for large public and academic libraries. JDebra Moore, Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.