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We all know that women read as men and women write as men, because that’s how we were taught. We were trained to read as men. Little girls read the books that boys read, but the boys never read the books with little girl heroines, and so women are taught to read westerns and spy novels and mysteries, and the ‘serious’ literature, but we also read ‘women’s literature,’ watch soap operas, read romances, read women’s mysteries. But men aren’t taught to read women. How and why do we break with this gender socialization? Isn’t the departure as significant as establishing the criteria? Reading affects the development of female and male identity. I, for one, define my life and construct my identities through the process of reading and writing—dyke detective novels, cultural theory, Latin American fiction.
—  Gloria Anzaldúa, “To(o) Queer the Writer: Loca, escritora, y chicana”
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11 Books By Latinas Every Feminist Should Add To Their Collection

For decades, Latina authors have written empowering stories of women navigating family, culture and societal norms to find their true selves.

Books by Gabby Rivera and Alida Nugent have most recently helped paint a portrait of what it means to be a Latina feminist today. But even before these women put pen to paper, authors like Sandra Cisneros and Laura Esquivel were already paving the way with narratives centered on strong Latina women.

In the spirit of intersectional feminism, we compiled a list of 11 books by Latina authors that every feminist should read.

We are each responsible for what is happening down the street, south of the border or across the sea. And those of us who have more of anything-more brains, more physical strength, more political power, more money, or more spiritual energies-must give or exchange with those who don’t have the energies but may have other things to give…Ayudar a las mujeres que todavía viven en la jaula dar nuevos pasos y a romper barreras antiguas. (To help women who still live in cages to take new steps, and to break old barriers.)
—  Acts of Healing, Gloria Anzaldúa.
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10 feminist books to read after you've gotten through the classics
The feminist canon gets an intersectional update.
By SaVonne Anderson

“Literature has always been the foundation of the feminist movement. Since the 18th century, when Mary Wollstonecraft wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, women have used print to spread knowledge and awareness, and promote feminist ideas.

Although feminist literature has been around for hundreds of years, we tend to stick to an unofficial canon of a few classics. But to promote progress and intersectionality, we should expand our feminist library to include more contemporary works, too.

In addition to being relevant to the times, today’s feminist literature often features more diverse authors and perspectives, representing the many voices of the feminist movement at large.

These 10 books do just that. And while they may not be classics yet, they’re well worth a read if you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of feminism.”

See the list here

The process of falling apart (the Coyolxauhqui process), of being wounded, is a sort of shamanic initiatory dismemberment that gives suffering a spiritual and soulful value. The shaman’s initiatory ordeal includes some type of death or dismemberment during the ecstatic trance journey. Torn apart into basic elements and then reconstructed, the shaman acquires the power of healing and returns to help the community. To be healed we must be dismembered, pulled apart. The healing occurs in disintegration, in the demotion of the ego as the self’s only authority. By connecting with our wounding, the imaginal journey makes it worthwhile. Healing images bring back the pieces, heal las rajaduras. As Hillman notes, healing is a deep change of attitude that involves an adjustment and abandonment of “ego-heroics.” It requires that we shift our perspective. La
—  Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality
Nobody’s going to save you. No-one’s going to cut you down, cut the thorns thick around you. No one’s going to storm the castle walls nor kiss awake your birth, climb down your hair, nor mount you onto the white steed. There is no one who will feed the yearning. Face it. You will have to do, do it yourself.
—  Gloria E. Anzaldua