Colonize This!

Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism

This impressive array of first-person accounts adds a much-needed fresh dimension to the ongoing dialogue between race and gender.

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$16.95 USD
August 2002
432 pages
6" x 9"
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ISBN: 9781580050678

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ISBN: 9780786750665

Colonize This!

Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism

By Daisy Hernández & Bushra Rehman (editors)

$16.95 USD, Trade Paper Original, August 2002

It has been decades since women of color first turned feminism upside down, exposing the ‘70s feminist movement as exclusive, white, and unaware of the concerns and issues of women of color from around the globe. Now a new generation of brilliant, outspoken women of color is speaking to the concerns of a new feminism, and to their place in it.

Daisy Hernández of Ms. magazine and poet Bushra Rehman have collected a diverse, lively group of emerging writers who speak to their experience—to the strength and rigidity of community and religion, to borders and divisions, both internal and external—and address issues that take feminism into the twenty-first century. One writer describes herself as a “mixed brown girl, Sri-Lankan and New England mill-town white trash,” and clearly delineates the organizing differences between whites and women of color: “We do not kick ass the way the white girls do, in meetings of NOW or riot grrl. For us, it’s all about family.” A Korean American woman struggles to create her own identity in a traditional community: “Yam-ja-neh means nice, sweet, compliant. I’ve heard it used many times by my parents’ friends who don’t know shit about me.” An Arab American feminist deconstructs the “quaint vision” of Middle Eastern women with which most Americans feel comfortable.

This impressive array of first-person accounts adds a much-needed fresh dimension to the ongoing dialogue between race and gender.

About Daisy Hernández & Bushra Rehman (editors)

Daisy Hernández is a columnist for Ms. magazine and a contributor to This Bridge Called My Back and Listen Up. She works with WILL (Women in Literature and Letters), a women of color-centric organization in New York City. She lives in New Jersey.

Bushra Rehman is an ex-Muslim Pakistani-American feminist, activist, performer, and writer. She is the recipient of the 1998 USA Today Academic Team Member award and numerous other awards. Rehman lives in New Rochelle, New York.