As we close this semester, it’s important to look back and determine how much our feminist thinking has broadened. In your dialectical deliberations, a lot of you focused on issues of privilege and oppression. Some of you even questioned the language that is being used to describe such phenomena. Interestingly, Audre Lorde also asked us to pay attention to language, and to use our language for transformation.
Audre Lorde (1934-1992) — self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”
In her “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” Audre Lorde speaks to MLA conference attendees in 1977. Based on the audiences attention to language, she encourages conference goers, and us as readers, to use our language while we can. She acknowledges that fear is inevitable because it “is an act of self-revelation” (42) and we have been socialized into giving into fear (44). Another consideration she makes in her piece is the issue of visibility acting as a kind of double-edged sword. Lorde also calls for coalition of peoples across their differences, specifically for the act of survival.
–> How does Lorde compare to Alicia Garza’s piece?
–> What are the words that you are yet to speak?
–> What kind of feminist future can you imagine based on the readings this semester?