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Fay

Fay

I had long considered myself a feminist before reading “Sister Outsider." I naively thought I understood issues of gender, but also race and class. But reading Audre Lorde "Sister Outsider" changed me. It changed how I viewed feminism and what it meant to me. It changed how I understood systems of power, oppression, patriarchy. It lead me to further my understanding by immersing myself in feminist theory, reading books by bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldua, and others. There’s so much to take away from “Sister Outsider." Her writing is beautifully philosophical, poetic, and powerful. I remember when I read this book 25 years ago, it was very common for white women focus on their oppression as women and ignore differences of race, sexual preference, class, and age. Before reading this book, I was one of them. Sadly, I think it’s still the case today. Many feminists concerns are is still narrowly focused, or feminism in general is poorly understood. This is why Audre Lorde’s writing is just as relevant, important and true today as it was then. Change cannot happen until we all strive to understand, confront, and talk about our differences, honestly examine our own privilege, understand oppression, or how race, class, age, sexual orientation intersect. It taught me to constantly challenge myself, to keep examining my thoughts around feminism and race, and to not be silent.