“Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat”

audre.jpg

I have been woman
for a long time
beware my smile
I am treacherous with old magic
and the noon’s new fury
with all your wide futures
promised
I am
woman
and not white.
–Audre Lorde: award-winning black lesbian poet feminist warrior

Lorde’s fiery poetry became prolifically published in the ‘70s, while she was also politically active in the civil rights and fem movements. She confirmed her lesbian identity while spending a year abroad at Mexico’s national university (UNAM) when she was 20. One of the most unique parts of her story was her quest to expand her worldview of feminism beyond the U.S. She spent many years in Berlin, where she empowered black German women to fight against their own racist society, “the Black German women…offer some insights into the complexities of a future global feminism.” She died of breast cancer in ’92 after fearlessly fighting it for over a decade.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s