"When I dare to be powerful--to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."
Bio on back of card: Audre Lorde was, in her own words "a Black, lesbian, mother, warrior poet." She was also an activist, a teacher, a 24 year cancer survivor and the author of 18 books of poetry & prose.
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Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was a Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist. In her own words, Lorde was a "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet". In an African naming ceremony before her death, she took the name Gamba Adisa, which means "Warrior: She Who Makes Her Meaning Known".
Lorde criticised feminists of the 1960s, from the National Organization for Women to Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, for focusing on the particular experiences and values of white middle-class women. Her writings are based on the "theory of difference", the idea that the binary opposition between men and women is overly simplistic: although feminists have found it necessary to present the illusion of a solid, unified whole, the category of women itself is full of subdivisions.
Lorde identified issues of class, race, age, gender and even health — this last was added as she battled cancer in her later years — as being fundamental to the female experience. She argued that, although the gender difference has received all the focus, these other differences are also essential and must be recognized and addressed.
Lorde stunned white feminists with her claim that racism, sexism and homophobia were linked, all coming from the failure to recognize or inability to tolerate difference. To allow these differences to continue to function as dividers, she believed, would be to replicate the oppression of women: as long as society continues to function in binaries, with a mandatory greater and lesser, Normative and Other, women will never be free.
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