feminism, identity

la frontera

“As a mestiza, I have no country, my homeland cast me out, yet all countries are mine because I am every woman’s sister or potential lover. (As a lesbian I have no race, my own people disclaim me; but I am all races because there is the queer of me in all races.) I am cultureless because, as a feminist, I challenge the collective cultural/religious male-derived beliefs of Indo-Hispanics and Anglos; yet I am cultured because I am participating in the creation of yet another culture, a new story to explain the world and our participation in it, a new value system with images and symbols that connect us to each other and to the planet. Soy un amasamiento, I am an act of kneading, of uniting and joining that not only has produced both a creature of darkness and a creature of light, but also a creature that questions the definitions of light and dark and gives them new meanings.”

Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera

1 thought on “la frontera”

  1. Oh man, I friggin love Gloria Anzaldúa… we read this in my lit theory class back in the day, and she passed away that semester. It was heartbreaking; she is a beautiful voice, and she wins at all the things. Thanks for posting. 🙂

    And tomorrow: return to sanity, yes? Yes!

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