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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Geschrieben von Audre Lorde

Erzählt von Robin Eller


Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Geschrieben von Audre Lorde

Erzählt von Robin Eller

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4.5/5 (117 Bewertungen)
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7 Stunden
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Freigegeben:
Apr 26, 2016
ISBN:
9781515975434
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Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde's philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published.

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Apr 26, 2016
ISBN:
9781515975434
Format:
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  • "Sister Outsider" takes a hard look at intersectional feminism through the essays and speeches of leading feminist and civil rights activist Audre Lorde.

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  • (5/5)
    This is a fantastic and thoughtful book. Audre Lorde was a truly gifted writer and thought leader. I will say that the audiobook version may not do it justice, but whether you read it or listen to it, Sister Outsider is well worth your time.
  • (5/5)
    I can’t recommend this book enough! Lorde is powerful, insightful, and inspiring. Her beautiful words will touch your heart and open you mind.
  • (5/5)
    Powerful, brilliant Audre Lorde speaks her truth- as a black woman in America, as a mother, as a lesbian, as a feminist and as an educator. This collection is expansive-contains speeches, letters, articles. It is filled with profound wisdom and I am grateful it is on Scribd.
  • (4/5)
    This is a very compelling writing style and it covers very impactful topics, it not just the theme but the way it was expressed.
    We have feminism, social justice, or making the world a better place, it urges women to stop hating on one another, to stop helping oppression in any way; be it from Females on black females, black females on lesbians, be it from heterosexuals looking down on homosexuals, be it form people of color or Latinos or anyone being discriminated against by their race, by their beliefs. Stop participating in the vicious cycle how can you call your self a defender of rights and yet there are those who you still look down upon or simply do not get rid of stereotypes!
    The most dangerous belief is when you start to ostracize another group, stop! Being feminist does not mean to hate men, it means to be on equal grounds, it means that you do not approve of oppression to them or any other group because of their nationality, race, social status, people with different beliefs than you in any way.

    It does touch different topics and this is just a compilation it would have been amazing to have a more cohesive path from one of the works to another, but it was still very interesting, as this is a mix of essays and some made in a different point of the author's life, they have different styles between one to the next. But that is something you get used to after a few minutes, though it doe shape each time that one piece is done and the next begins.
  • (5/5)
    This book should be included on all reading lists! I am glad I was able to find my way to Lorde but I wish I was introduced to her work earlier. This should be taught at high schools.
  • (4/5)
    Interesting inside on black lesbian life.
  • (3/5)

    2 Leute fanden das hilfreich

    A mixed bag - some essays which I thought were fantastic and others which went a bit over my head. The main issue I had with this was that it wasn’t a great audiobook at all. The narration was robotic and narrating the interview between Audre and Adrienne didn’t work at all. The chapters were unnamed and sometimes new essays started in the middle of a chapter so separating out the essays was incredibly challenging - as a result I just feel frustrated when thinking about this book!

    2 Leute fanden das hilfreich

  • (5/5)
    essential feminist text.
  • (5/5)
    Best book of black feminism
  • (5/5)

    5 Leute fanden das hilfreich

    While reading the chapter "An Interview: Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich," I realized that while I was earning my English major, I read plenty of Adrienne Rich, but I don't recall hearing about Audre Lorde until I saw a quote by her on a poster in the basement of my UU church.

    I looked back in my copy of "The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women" and Lorde was there, about five poems' worth of her work and a brief bio, but I have no memory of reading her poetry for any class assignments. Why was this, I wondered?

    I suspect it's for the very reasons that Lorde suggests in these essays. She's a Black lesbian radical feminist. People can engage with her if she identifies as one thing at a time, but Lorde insists on being a whole human being, offering the entire nuanced package in everything she does making her tough to categorize neatly.

    This insistence on wholeness is also the source of great strength and meaning within her writing. It took me a while to read this book because every other page, it blew my mind. First, I engaged with it on a personal level. Lorde's essay on "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action" arrived for me at a moment when I felt a great need to speak but also feared the exposure of speaking out. Lorde writes:

    "[W]e have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for the final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.? (44)

    I derived---and continue to derive---great comfort from this. It feels like a call-to-arms.

    Lorde also writes about the totality of human experience in her essay, "Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power," which I read with my hands carefully placed over key words while sitting on the sidelines of a homeschool nature class my children were in. Lorde's words struck me because she talks about the importance of engaging with every experience, from a loving encounter to a heated argument, with awareness of how it affects the entire body. My interpretation of Lorde's words is likely more prudish than Lorde intended, but I think it's still within the spirit of her meaning. This is a powerful message of wholeness that I think is too often pushed aside in favor of the brain-only intellectual way of viewing things.

    I was surprised, also, to connect with Lorde as a mother. In her essay "Man Child: A Black Lesbian Feminist's Response," she writes about the way her own personal fury and issues with power manifest themselves in her raising of her son. Although I only identify with one of the three descriptors in the subtitle, I absolutely see the power dynamics in my relationship and in my spouse's relationship with our son, even though I'd not really thought about it in those terms before.

    I connected to this book in all of these ways, but what really hit me across the face while reading this book was the raw and open discussion about race. I'd read about the division between white feminists and Black feminists, but to hear about that division from the perspective of a Black feminist was eye-opening. I am very familiar with the ways in which women are devalued and victimized and encouraged to fight amongst ourselves within our culture, but I didn't really consider that extra layer that racism adds for women of color until I read Sister Outsider. I recognize that the awareness that I'm feeling is just the tip of the iceberg, but even that little bit is overwhelming.

    The conversation between Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich was so encouraging to me, though. I read it and I thought, "This is how it can happen. This is how we can have a dialogue of mutual respect between races." It involves recognizing at the outset that it's not always going to be pretty. It will be messy and it will be painful and it will be scary, but the only way we can move forward is by walking through the fear and pain and messiness and staying by one another's side throughout the process.

    Another huge message that I got from this book, which came at a time when I've been pondering this exact same thing while reading and listening to coverage of Black Lives Matter protests and protests on college campuses, is the recognition that rage makes sense as a reaction to racism. In "The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism," the keynote address at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in June 1981, Lorde says:

    "Anger is an appropriate reaction to racist attitudes, as is fury when the actions arising from those attitudes do not change. To those women here who fear the anger of women of Color more than their own unscrutinized racist attitudes, I ask: Is the anger of women of Color more threatening than the woman-hatred that tinges all aspects of our lives?" (129)

    Lorde makes a distinction between "anger" and "hatred": "Hatred is the fury of those who do not share our goals, and its object is death and destruction. Anger is a grief of distortions between peers, and its object is change." (129) Hatred intends to destroy, but anger is potentially creative. I think about this---and thought about it before without a framework---when I hear people minimizing protests about race on college campuses or the demonstrations in Ferguson or Baltimore or Chicago in the wake of events and actions that absolutely call for anger, arguing?that?it's safe to discount these reactions because they're too emotional. Not reasoned and dispassionate. Maybe we can get to reasoned and dispassionate, but I don't think it makes sense nor is it healthy to jump right past emotion as though the heart and head aren't part of the same body. At the very least, it doesn't make sense to discount someone else's reaction because it makes me feel uncomfortable.

    The most difficult thing for me about reading this book is that it's clear just how much in the same place the United States has stayed in the past 40 years. Lorde refers to a case in the late 70's or early 80's in which a white police officer shot a Black child and was acquitted. (106) I could have looked it up but I didn't because I didn't want to cope with the details of yet another case like this. I felt confident accepting her comments and reaction at face value. Reading this, I thought, it doesn't change, does it? It doesn't stop. Our---white people's---awareness might ebb and flow but the violence and the hatred against Black people in this country has never stopped. So the most difficult thing for me while reading this book was seeing the words through my tears.

    I'm not unaware of these problems. These revelations aren't entirely new to me, but still this book turns my perception of my race and the way in which my aligning myself with the dominant culture necessarily subjugates other people, not just in the U.S., but around the world. If it's this difficult to read for someone already partially aware, I can only imagine how challenging it would be for someone who's not thought about these things at all. Is this why Audre Lorde's writings weren't assigned to my classes at our majority white, middle- to upper-middle-class liberal arts college?

    One quote to close out this review:

    "Mainstream communication does not want women, particularly white women, responding to racism. It wants racism to be accepted as an immutable given in the fabric of your existence, like eveningtime or the common cold." (128)

    I don't generally feel aligned with the mainstream, but this is just one more reason to reevaluate my relationship to the power structures of my culture. Who benefits if I stay in the dark? Who benefits if I stay silent?

    5 Leute fanden das hilfreich

  • (2/5)
    One of the first left, feminist books I read thankfully. Not sure what I'd think now, but an important part of my intellectual history.