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

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Daisy Hernández, Bushra Rehman
Seal Press, 2002 - Social Science - 403 pages
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It has been decades since women of color first turned feminism upside down, exposing the ‘70s feminist movement as exclusive, white, and unaware of the concerns and issues of women of color from around the globe. Now a new generation of brilliant, outspoken women of color is speaking to the concerns of a new feminism, and to their place in it. Daisy Hernandez of Ms. magazine and poet Bushra Rehman have collected a diverse, lively group of emerging writers who speak to their experience—to the strength and rigidity of community and religion, to borders and divisions, both internal and external—and address issues that take feminism into the twenty-first century. One writer describes herself as a “mixed brown girl, Sri-Lankan and New England mill-town white trash,” and clearly delineates the organizing differences between whites and women of color: “We do not kick ass the way the white girls do, in meetings of NOW or riot grrl. For us, it’s all about family.” A Korean-American woman struggles to create her own identity in a traditional community: “Yam-ja-neh means nice, sweet, compliant. I’ve heard it used many times by my parents’ friends who don’t know shit about me.” An Arab-American feminist deconstructs the “quaint vision” of Middle-Eastern women with which most Americans feel comfortable. This impressive array of first-person accounts adds a much-needed fresh dimension to the ongoing dialogue between race and gender, and gives voice to the women who are creating and shaping the feminism of the future.
  

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This is one of those books I have read multiple times since its publication. As I get older, these individual stories take on new meaning and become even more powerful. Read full review

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The collection of essays by Women of Color definitely helped me check the (still) white feminism I learn in my college course. I connected with most of the essays and appreciated the honesty from the ... Read full review

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Contents

queergirlofcolor organizing sistahood heartbreak
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Colonize This
17
A MixedRace Feminist in Movements for Social Justice
29
Man of the House
40
What Happens When Your Hood Is the Last Stop on the White Flight Express?
54
The Chicana Version
71
Love Feminism but Wheres My Hip Hop? Shaping a Black Feminist Identity
85
Race Mental Illness Poverty and Motherhood
99
Women of the Wasase
230
Ladies Only
245
I Sold My Soul to Rock and Roll
257
A Validation of My Experience
268
Women of Color Feminism and the Third Wave
279
The Search for an Arab Feminism
295
Falling off the Tightrope onto a Bed of Feathers
312
How Sexual Harassment Slaughtered Then Saved Me
326

Feminism and Femininity
119
Love Clinic
133
Dependency Power and Guilt
142
Lessons of My Mother
157
Feminist Musings on the No 3 Train
170
ThirtyEight
182
An Indian Muslim Woman in the Land of Oz
203
Because Youre a Girl
215
Living Outside the Box
343
The Black Beauty Myth
357
A Queer FilipinoAmerican Feminists Tale of Abortion and SelfRecovery
370
Can I Get a Witness? Testimony from a Hip Hop Feminist
382
Notes
395
About the Contributors
397
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Bushra Rehman, originally from Corona, Queens, is co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism (Seal Press, 2002). Rebecca Walker has called Colonize This! "a must for young women of color searching for themselves within contemporary feminist/womanist discourse, and anyone else who wants to get down with the fierceness of fly, intellectual divas of color." Colonize This! was included in Ms. Magazine's "100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time." Her writing has also been featured on BBC Radio 4, WNYC, and KPFA and in The New York Times, India Currents, Crab Orchard Review, Sepia Mutiny, Color Lines, The Feminist Wire and Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America.

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