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

By Daisy Hernandez

It has been many years considering that girls of colour first grew to become feminism the other way up, exposing the ‘70s feminist flow as particular, white, and ignorant of the worries and problems with girls of colour from worldwide. Now a brand new iteration of awesome, outspoken ladies of colour is talking to the troubles of a brand new feminism, and to their position in it. Daisy Hernandez of Ms. journal and poet Bushra Rehman have accumulated a various, vigorous crew of rising writers who communicate to their experience—to the energy and stress of group and faith, to borders and divisions, either inner and external—and deal with matters that take feminism into the twenty-first century. One author describes herself as a “mixed brown lady, Sri-Lankan and New England mill-town white trash,” and obviously delineates the organizing adjustments among whites and ladies of colour: “We don't kick ass the way in which the white ladies do, in conferences of NOW or rebellion grrl. For us, it’s all approximately family.” A Korean-American girl struggles to create her personal id in a standard group: “Yam-ja-neh skill great, candy, compliant. I’ve heard it used again and again by means of my mom and dad’ buddies who don’t comprehend shit approximately me.” An Arab-American feminist deconstructs the “quaint imaginative and prescient” of Middle-Eastern girls with which such a lot american citizens believe cozy. This notable array of first-person debts provides a much-needed clean size to the continued discussion among race and gender, and offers voice to the ladies who're growing and shaping the feminism of the future.

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While he thinks he is fucking these womyn, they fuck him. Like Raquel, his second wife, who left him black-eyed and bruised when he raised his hand to her, or Guiselle, who stole $10,000 dollars from him. I admire these womyn—they could never be colonized. I know that my brother is going to help me stop the circle of colonization. He refuses to partake in my father’s racist, sexist, exploitative games. And for him like me, it is an internal struggle. One that requires me to question what I feel and most of all my memory.

It was my father with another womon, and I was three. My parents used to sell jewelry door to door. Sometimes there would be deliveries to be made, and on such an occasion I accompanied my father while my brother, sister and mother waited in the car. I remember a petite African-American womon answering the apartment door and my father locking me in the bathroom, telling me to stay in there. I was frightened but also curious why I was not supposed to open the door. When I did, I saw the answer: my father naked having sex with another womon.

The feminism I walked into as a bi-queer brown breed girl was all about the women I wanted to fuck, love and make home with. More than any meeting, I wanted to make places where my girls, my queer dark sistren, could survive. Do more than: Stop self-destructing. Save each other. Not have a nervous breakdown or six by twenty-five. Decolonize our minds, our hair, our hearts. Transform into the phoenixes we were all meant to be. I’m a loser in that department, though, one who came to this world with a lot of hope and walked away four years later with a string of heart and cherry busts behind me.

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