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”