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

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Daisy Hernandez, Bushra Rehman
Da Capo Press, Jul 29, 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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COLONIZE THIS!: Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An uneven mix of essays from third-wave feminists of color."What is it about the word ‘feminism' that has encouraged women of color to stand apart from it?" queries one contributor. Feeling that the ... Read full review

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User Review  - feminist_prof - LibraryThing

A fantastic collection of essays by young women of colour and what it means to grow up with feminism while also dealing with ethicity and racial boundaries and struggles. Would be even better if authors gave us some place to go with all of this. Read full review


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Man of the House
What Happens When Your Hood Is the Last Stop on the White Flight Express?
The Chicana Version
Love Feminism but Wheres My Hip Hop? Shaping a Black Feminist Identity
Race Mental Illness Poverty and Motherhood
Women of the Wasase
Ladies Only
I Sold My Soul to Rock and Roll
A Validation of My Experience
Women of Color Feminism and the Third Wave
The Search for an Arab Feminism
Falling off the Tightrope onto a Bed of Feathers
How Sexual Harassment Slaughtered Then Saved Me

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Love Clinic
Dependency Power and Guilt
Lessons of My Mother
Feminist Musings on the No 3 Train
An Indian Muslim Woman in the Land of Oz
Because Youre a Girl
Living Outside the Box
The Black Beauty Myth
A Queer FilipinoAmerican Feminists Tale of Abortion and SelfRecovery
Can I Get a Witness? Testimony from a Hip Hop Feminist
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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 Hern ndez 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.

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