Latin America Essay

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Gender Studies Reading Response: Week II The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House by Audre Lorde In Audre Lorde's essay, The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House, the author focuses on two things: Prejudice and differences in the society. As a black lesbian feminist, she reprimands the segregation and prejudice towards black women in the feminist movement, as she believes that the movements and theories are driven by white women feminists. She asserts that sexism, racism, and homophobia are inseparable in America, as many aren't embracing the differences in skin color, economic status, sexual identity, and gender. However, she concludes that although these differences are inevitable, the way we understand and appreciate such differences can alleviate the tension and level of prejudice in our society. Audre criticizes that the feminist movement mainly led by white feminists won't be able to bring drastic changes to society because of the existing prejudice towards black, poor, lesbians within the feminist movement. She furthermore extends this problem into a bigger frame, that these prejudiced women are merely “tolerated,” instead of being appreciated. Such different treatment of these women eventually results in continuously stagnant society trapped in racism, sexism, and homophobia. After reading Lorde's essay, I was able to think more about the theory behind racist feminism. If feminists are fighting for gender equality solely from white feminists' perspective, they should also consider existing racism within feminism, by appreciating women of color, poor women, and lesbians. By understanding such differences within the realm of feminism, changes will eventually come. I agree with Lorde that even nowadays, racism, sexism, and homophobia co-exist in our society. They are, indeed, inevitable differences clashing

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