Constructing Radical Black Female Subjectivities Survival Pimping in Austin Clarke's The Polished Hoe Jennifer Thorington Springer The future of our earth may depend upon the ability of all women to identify and develop new definitions of power and new patterns of relating across difference. The old definitions have not served us, or the earth that supports us. The old patterns, no matter how cleverly arranged to imitate progress, still condemn us to cosmetically altered repetitions of the same old exchanges, the same old guilt, hatred, recrimination, lamentation, and suspicion. --Audre Lorde, "Age, Race, Class, and Sex" The feminism of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s made concerted and successful efforts to challenge the inequity of power dynamics between men and women; however, issues of age, race, class, and sexuality were often rendered invisible or simply ignored. Black feminists identified the concerns of black women in their literary works and scholarship in attempts to fill the gaps; they were preoccupied with examining not only the suppressions and negations of black womanhood within white feminism but also the sexism that was prolific within black communities. Issues important to black womanhood, such as black women's sexual agency, were either ignored or silenced
Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 22, 2015
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