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”
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.

whitewickerchair  asked:

Hello, I was wondering if you could recommend me any literature on chicana feminism/xicanisma. Side note; thank you so much for this blog its very eye opening and helpful!

Thanks! Here’s a classic: 

“This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color is a feminist anthology edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa. The anthology was first published in 1981 by Persephone Press, and the second edition was published in 1983 by Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. This Bridge centered the experiences of women of color, offering a serious challenge to white feminists who made claims to solidarity based on sisterhood. Writings in the anthology, along with works by other prominent feminists of color, call for a greater prominence within feminism for race-related subjectivities, and ultimately laid the foundation for third wave feminism. This Bridge has become “one of the most cited books in feminist theorizing.“ 

More info: 

Where Were the Chicana Feminists? Right Here

Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings

8 Latina Feminists Who Deserve More Recognition

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Happy Birthday  Gloria E. Anzaldúa!

September 26th is the birthday of  Chicana dyke-feminist, tejana patlache poet,  and cultural theorist from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004).  

 Anzaldúa is known for writing and editing pivotal, intersectional feminist works, including her most famous book,  Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987). In 1995, Anzaldúa was the first participant in the UWM Student Union Distinguished Lecture Series with her talk Aliens: The Dynamic Construction of the U.S. Chicana/Latina Experience. We were so happy to find something on Gloria in our collections–she is loved by many a librarian and archivist at UWM <3

From the UWM Student Union Collection, UWM AC 124, Box 39, Folder 10.

Queer is used as a false unifying umbrella which all ‘queers’ of all races, ethnicities, and classes are shoved under. At times we need this umbrella to solidify our ranks against outsiders. But even when we seek shelter under it, we must not forget that it homogenizes, erases our differences.

Gloria Anzaldua (1991)

From A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory by Nikki Sullivan

En unas pocas centurias, the future will belong to the mestiza. Because the future depends on the breaking down of paradigms, it depends on the straddling of two or more cultures. By creating a new mythos—that is, a change in the way we perceive reality, the way we see ourselves, and the ways we behave—la mestiza creates a new consciousness.

- Gloria Anzaldúa, from ‘Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza’

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.

We’re celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth with essays penned by #Latinx writers to icons who inspire them 🌟

“I’ve never felt like all of me could fit into one singular box. As a mixed-race Latinx bisexual femme, the only thing the identities I hold have in common with each other is that I’m constantly straddling borders. In a traditional Latinx household, I am not supposed to recognize my Blackness, own my queerness, or have a “frivolous” career as writer. I am all three and proud. Gloria Anzaldúa is in many ways a patron saint for all of us Latinx folks who live in the middle. We’re not supposed to exist in our Latinx spaces where we’re socialized into complacency with machismo, homophobia and colonialism. Instead, with her work she calls upon us to shape shift, to live authentically and engage with our community in these topics in order to positively influence the minds of our loved ones and in turn, the culture. She tells us, “Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks.” The only way I’ve ever known how to move through the world is with my authenticity — explaining who I am and recounting my experiences to others in my communities in hopes that I can debunk the biases they have learned. This, in my opinion, is the only way that our communities will begin to heal. Thank you Gloria, for paving the way for all of us sinverguenzas to live without borders.” 🌈✨

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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