The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House

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The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House “Revolution is not a one time event” I agreed to take part in a New York University Institute for the Humanities conference a year ago with the understanding that I would be commenting upon papers dealing with the role of difference within the lives of American women difference of race sexuality class and age The absence of these considerations weakens any feminist discussion of the personal and the politicalRead the full text here ''Revolution is not a one time event It is becoming always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change in established outgrown responses'' It's a short collection of 5 excellent essays I can’t recommend Audre Lorde strongly enough😌 So glad she has been included in this collection because she should be much well known than she is If I participate knowingly or otherwise in my sister's oppression and she calls me on it to answer her anger with my own only blankets the substance of our exchange with reaction It wastes energyWhat woman here is so enamoured of her own oppression that she cannot see her heel print upon another woman's faceI haven't read enough intersectional texts anyone who wants to recommend any do comment and this short series of essays only brought into focus the social media culture of debating our differences without seeing them through as possibilities of change What is the point of debating our personal oppressions and priveleges and calling others out when we cannot use these for change Can't wait to read of Lorde I adore Audre Lorde and this small collection reminds me why Although this initially took me a little bit longer to get into since I have not read theory in well over a year parts of this came back to me; whilst dense at times and loaded with some heavy theoretical ideas Lorde's writing drew me in and I found myself nodding along to so much in this So much of what Lorde writes remains true to this day and her judgement and criticisms are as sharp and insightful now as they were when they were first enunciated I particularly love her insight into what it is like as a WOC a lesbian and a mother and the way that she touches upon and begins to articulate the idea of intersectionality I could never hope to match Lorde's elouence when it comes to feminism but I love falling into Lorde's work and finding the words to justify its existence and why it is necessary From the self described 'black lesbian mother warrior poet' these soaring urgent essays on the power of women poetry and anger are filled with darkness and lightPenguin Modern fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary international flavour Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space 5 starts for writing5 starts for contentand a freaking billion starts for blowing my mind Revolution is not a one time event It is becoming always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change in established outgrown responses; for instance it is learning to address each other's difference with respect This collection of 'soaring urgent essays on the power of women poetry and anger' was my first taste of Audre Lorde's writing The majority of the essays collected here were first given as conference papers between 1978 and 1982 The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House includes the titular work as well as 'Poetry is Not a Luxury' 'Uses of the Erotic' 'Uses of Anger Women Responding to Racism' and 'Learning From the 1960s' Throughout Lorde writes with confidence and intelligence The 23rd Penguin Modern is an accessible book which explores feminism and the issues which it poses for minority women and those whose identify as anything other than heterosexual Lorde weaves in elements of black history and lesbianism Each of these essays is thought provoking and I would definitely like to read of her work in the near future

  • Paperback
  • 64 pages
  • The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House
  • Audre Lorde
  • English
  • 07 October 2015
  • 9780241339725