Summary: Women Redefining Difference By Audre Lorde

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Audre Lorde’s essay “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women redefining Difference” tackles many different issues that we have in society. She discusses how women are seen as being inferior due to there age, race, class, and sex. She notes the oppression that women have endured, especially Black women, and illustrates the difficulties that women face in society. Lorde’s claims that black women are oppressed in two ways: because they are Black and because they are women. In this essay, ). Lorde describes herself as a “forty-nine-year-old black lesbian feminist socialist mother of two” (845) and discusses her own feelings of inferiority. Lorde argues that the oppressed must change how the oppressors view them; by must educating or re-position themselves in society. She believes that the whole society must change their way of seeing difference. The way they currently treat it is to “ignore it, and if that is not possible, copy it if we think it is dominant, or destroy it if we think it is subordinate” (855). The differences concerning race, age, and sex are the reason behind the “separation and confusion.” Lorde mentions the…show more content…
When it comes to literature she says “All too often, the excuse given is that the literatures of women of color can only be taught by colored women, or that they are too difficult to understand, or that classes cannot “get into” them because they come out of experiences that are “too different.” I have heard this argument presented by white women of otherwise quite clear intelligence… Surely there must be some other explanation” (856). She also believes that “white women to believe the dangerous fantasy… And true, unless one lives and loves in the trenches it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless” (857). She sees why white women sometimes think the way they do. She presents these thought to show how misunderstood some people
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