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malintZine Suggested Reading List (to be decent)

This list is probably going to grow (ALOT)- please feel free to comment and add your ideas for recommended reading or send your suggestions to malintzine@gmail.com The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities – Ching-In Chen (Editor), Jai Dulani (Editor), and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Editor); Andrea Smith (preface) Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide – Andrea Smith Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism – Daisy Hernandez Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks Loose Woman: Poems – Sandra Cisneros Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities John D’Emilio Crip Theory Robert McRuer The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros Reading…

From: The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House

“For women, the need and desire to nurture each other is not pathological but redemptive, and it is within that knowledge that our real power is rediscovered. It is this real connection which is so feared by a patriarchal world. Only within a patriarchal structure is maternity the only social power open to women.” ~ Audre Lorde       “Women of today are still being called upon to stretch across the gap of male ignorance and to educate men as to our existence and our needs. This is an old and primary tool of all oppressors to keep the…

Borderlands

Though we “understand” the root causes of male hatred and fear, and the subsequent wounding of women, we do not excuse, we do not condone, and we will no longer put up with it. From the men of our race, we demand the admission/ acknowledgement/disclosure/testimony that they wound us, violate us, are afraid of us and of our power. We need them to say they will begin to eliminate their hurtful put-down ways. But more than the words, we demand acts. We say to them: we will develop equal power with you and those who have shamed us. It is…

A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story

A woman in the Black Power movement was considered, at best, irrelevant. A woman asserting herself was a pariah. A woman attempting the role of leadership was, to my proud black Brothers, making an alliance with the “counter-revolutionary, man-hating, lesbian, feminist white bitches.” It was a violation of some Black Power principle that was left undefined. If a black woman assumed a role of leadership, she was said to be eroding black manhood, to be hindering the progress of the black race. She was an enemy of black people. Her strategy for functioning as a woman was to rely on the…

“Necesitamos tiempo con nosotros las mujeres para refrescarnos el alma.” -Consuelo Aguilar

Dedico este trabajo a las mujeres Chicanas Esta dedicado a las Locas/ a las reinas de la Raza Cosmica   For as different as we all may seem, When intricacies are compared We are all one, And the same. Soy la Mujer Chicana, una maravilla Soy tan simple como la capirotada And at the same time I am as complicated to understand as the Aztec Pyramids. Soy la Reina de la Raza Cosmica (al estilo Califas)… Soy señorita Soy ruca loca Soy mujerona Soy Santa Soy madre Soy Ms. Soy la India Maria Soy la Adelita Soy Radical Soy la…

La Malinche

Yo soy la Malinche. My people called me Malintzín Tenepal the Spaniards called me Doña Marina I came to be known as Malinche and Malinche came to mean traitor. they called me—chingada Chingada. (Ha— ¡Chingada! ¡Screwed!) Of noble ancestry, for whatever that means, I was sold into slavery by MY ROYAL FAMILY—so that my brother could get my inheritance. … And then the omens began—a god, a new civilization, the downfall of our empire. And you came. My dear Hernán Cortés, to share your “civilization” —to play a god, … and I began to dream … I saw and I…

Defeat

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated” Maya Angelou

Loose Woman

They say I’m a beast And feast on it When all along I thought that’s what a woman was They say I’m a bitch Or witch I’ve claimed the same and never winced They say I’m a macha, hell on wheels, viva-la-vulva, fire and brimstone, man-hating, devastating, boogey-woman lesbian Not necessarily, but I like the compliment The mob arrives with stones and sticks to maim and lame and do me in All the same, when I open my mouth they wobble like gin Diamonds and pearls tumble from my tongue Or toads and serpents Depending on the mood I’m in I like the itch I…

Sister Outsider

“Your silence will not protect you” Audre Lorde, The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action