Gloria Anzaldúa and the Problem of Violence against Women John Kaiser Ortiz "It seems like one of my functions is to go in and out of various worlds." --Gloria Anzaldúa (2009, 105) In I ntervIews /e ntrevIstas, Gloria Anzaldúa relates the story of her brother who had returned "half dead and unrecognizable" from Vietnam, weighing "only 87 pounds," after ending up "in the bottom of a foxhole," where he was drowning in the blood of his fellow platoon members, "which is what saved him" (Anzaldúa 2000, 44). As an example of Anzaldúa's sense that philosophical dialogue carries with it possibilities of conf lict mediation, this war story stretches the familiar claim in Borderlands/La Frontera that "the U.S.-Mexican border es una herida abierta [is an open wound] where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds" (Anzaldúa 1999, 25). Of significance here is not only the disturbing idea that this moral hemorrhaging promises to save both nations and their relationship, even though Anzaldúa's notion that moral crises bleed onto and into still other problems clearly approximates a sorely lacking critique of the extreme violence marring life in and between the United States and Mexico. More importantly, the act
philoSOPHIA – State University of New York Press
Published: Dec 21, 2016
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