Audre Lorde Essay

1267 words - 6 pages

Audre Lorde's conference took place in 1979 in a university in New York, America. She talked about difference, differences between women in American society she discussed differences in race to the differences in the class of a woman she talked about how these differences and others affect feminist theory. She also articulates that there is a problem that needs to be dealt with.

Lorde a black, lesbian radical feminist believes that feminist theories tend to be created on the basis of a white, middle class women's experience these women also tend to be heterosexual. Feminist ignore the other types of women in the world, women of different ethnic backgrounds, class, age and sexuality. Due to the failure of recognising these differences according to Lorde can lead to change not being possible:

What does it mean when the tools of a racist patriarchy are used to examine the fruits of that same patriarchy? It means that only the most narrow perimeters of change is possible (Lorde, 1984: 366).

Lorde believes that white feminists argue about patriarchy and want it to be diminished from society, but how can it when it is white women that are doing the same to other women. How can gender equality be achieved if there is a patriarchal structure within one specific gender? Feminists need to recognise what is happening what it is that’s being ignored. ‘Both white feminist theory and practise need to recognize that white women stand in a power relation as oppressors of black women’ (Carby, 1982: 46) feminisms main arguments and belief all revolve around equality for women, but with a racist patriarchy amongst women this isn’t possible, there is a very visible patriarchal structure within society white men have dominance over black men and they are then both more dominant towards women. White middle class women oppress black working class women; essentially they have dominance over all women that are not white, middle class and heterosexual.

In a patriarchal world women do have a form of power which is to do with the social aspect of society (Lorde, 1984: 367) women have social power society primarily child bearing and motherhood. They have a form of power within the family but that too has a glimpse of patriarchy, the male playing the role of a breadwinner and dominant decision maker. A world full of oppression only provides one form of power for women.
She talked about what black women went through in the past and how it affected the way black people women in particular have to live they are the ones that are involved in slavery and prostitution they are also the ones that work in the houses of white women to clean and look after their children (Lorde, 1984: 367)

Lorde talks about power and social structure in a metaphorical way, ‘For the master’s tools, will never dismantle the master’s house’ (Lorde, 1984: 367) it is very difficult to point what she may actually have meant by this quote, as the ‘master’ can be related to anyone and ‘tools’ can be...

Find Another Essay On Audre Lorde

Double-Consciousness in Audre Lorde’s Coal Essay

1686 words - 7 pages the sheer outer shell of expectation. In her poem “Coal”, Audre Lorde alludes to this concept through the dual image of a piece of coal and a diamond. As a black woman, Lorde only transforms from coal to diamond when she embraces her blackness as coal and, ironically, rejects the societal pressure to conform by speaking her words and embracing that she is black and coal. In the beginning, Lorde equates herself with a piece of coal

Zami: Fitting In Essay

1098 words - 4 pages Fitting In In the biomythography, Zami, by Audre Lorde, Lorde uses specific scenes to highlight arguments running throughout the text. The epilogue is Lorde's reflection on her life and emphasizes many of her struggles and ideals about life. Lorde uses this final place in the book to show the reader how her journey throughout life gave her the ability to define a home. This passage emphasizes that Lorde faced many hardships, especially

Women's Sexuality

1040 words - 4 pages from the above testimonies, in times of youth repression of sexual identity can be most damaging. Adolescent confusion seeks answers wherever they can be found, but for girls, discovery via her own body is off limits, is shameful. The pornographic conceptualization of sexuality and eroticism (as defined by Audre Lorde) is what has tainted sex and it’s kin, yet it is the dominant example that can be found everywhere: on television, the

The Metaphorical Lesbian in Chopin’s The Awakening

615 words - 2 pages this analysis comes from a variety of sources including Adrienne Rich’s article “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Experience, Teresa de Lauretis’s, Monique Wittig’s and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s work, and “The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” by Audre Lorde. Le Blanc first demonstrates how The Awakening functions as a critique of patriarchy, acknowledging previous feminist writing about ways that women, and female characters, were

Black Women in Art

1235 words - 5 pages (the woman) is an excellent reflection of the compounding oppressions of race, class and gender. If she becomes free of the mask, she will be left exposed. However, this is just a small part and only the beginning of personal liberation. In “Words of Fire” Audre Lorde explains, “For as long as any difference between us means one of us must be inferior, then the recognition of any difference must be fraught with guilt.”(287)   &nbsp

Feminism: An Ideology and Lifestyle

1758 words - 7 pages being defined 'women' we are no different. This is important. Although we can all be considered 'women' we are also classified by other descriptors such as our socio-economic status or our race. As women, though, none of this matters. Women must unite...regardless. As an ideology, Audre Lorde said it best in her article, The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House: "It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths

Final SLA: A Cumulative Response to My First Quarter

1370 words - 6 pages attribute Giroux’s intentions to those like-minded revolutionaries who are met with relentless social resistance, from those who feel equality poses a threat to the access and opportunity that their privilege has maintained for them via oppressive ‘othering’. With that being said I have come to see fellow revolutionary authors from our reader including Malcolm X, Pablo Freire, Hannah Arendt, Howard Zinn and Audre Lorde in a new light that has really

The Power Of Naming In The Color Purple

1361 words - 5 pages enter into the Creation (Walker, 207).? Celie is finally creating herself as she wants to be and destroying all of the names Mr.___ gave her. While she is talking, Celie becomes a part of something larger than herself. She tells Mr. ____, ?You better stop talking because all I?m telling you ain?t coming just from me (Walker, 213).? Celie has emancipated herself from all of the Misters in the world. Celie has gained what Audre Lorde would call

The True Characteristics of Shy People

2274 words - 9 pages improvements in technology as well as through the increasing methods of media. Stereotypes are contagious because once it is used, more people gain knowledge of it and more are produced. Because society frequently uses stereotypes, the numbers of people suffering from being judged are increasing dramatically. In The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action, Audre Lorde suggests, “That we not hide behind the mockeries of separations that

Feminism Philosophy.

3599 words - 14 pages ., 1995, pp. 526-547.Frye, Marilyn. "Oppression." March 13 2009. Internet URL: <http://www.unbeknownst.org/oppress.htm. >Lorde, Audre. "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house: comments at'the personal and political' panel, Second Sex Conference, October 29, 1979" in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, eds. Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua. New York: Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, 1983

Discuss the aspects of homosexuality, using proper references.

1289 words - 5 pages to die, sooner or later whether or not she had spoken herself. "We all hurt in so many different ways, all the time, and pain will either change or end" (Audre Lorde, 1982).Therefore, one of the major reasons for the widespread appearance of the homosexual culture is communication; language. People today have more opportunities than ever before to express themselves freely, be it through books, television, radio, or most importantly, the internet

Similar Essays

Audre Lorde Essay

2635 words - 11 pages Audre Lorde was born on February 18, 1934 in New York City to immigrant parents from the West Indies. She learned to talk, read, and write somewhere around the age of four and wrote her first poem in eighth grade, which was then published in Seventeen magazine. In 1962, Lorde married a man named Edward Rollins and had two children before they divorced in 1970. However, in 1968 she moved to Tougaloo, Mississippi and met her long-term partner

Analysis Of Slim In Hell By Sterling Brown And Power By Audre Lorde

1455 words - 6 pages Analysis of Slim in Hell by Sterling Brown and Power by Audre Lorde “Slim in Hell” by Sterling Brown written in 1932 and “Power” by Audre Lorde written over forty years later, are protest poems looking at, and attacking, the problem of racism through the use of imagery, structure, and tone. Through their different uses of imagery and structure, they create their respective tones and take their respective (and different) approaches towards

I Am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities (Audre Lorde) – A Critical Reflection Paper – Personal Review

1685 words - 7 pages PAGE PAGE 1 Brennan Tara BrennanStudent # 3745834Prof. Marie-Katherine Waller, Ph.D.FEM 1100 C24 March 2005I am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities (Audre Lorde) - A Critical Reflection Paper - Personal ReviewAudre Lorde, in the article I am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities, provides a clear assessment of the traditional and contemporary difficulties that Black Lesbian Feminists have to deal with

Feminism Empowerment Essay

918 words - 4 pages adopt and have children. These are just a few definitions of feminism. Audre Lorde gives her opinion about the meaning of feminism throughout her essays and books that she writes. She consistently challenged a number of things like racism, ageism, classism, sexism and heterosexism, serving as a means for change within and among social movements, in which she herself participated in. Audre Lorde also discusses how