"I guess my feminism and my race are the same thing to me. They’re tied in one to another, and I don’t feel an alliance or an allegiance with upper-class white women. I don’t. I can listen to them and on some level as a human being I can feel great compassion and friendships; but they have to move from their territory to mine, because I know their world. But they don’t know mine."
Sandra Cisneros, Chicana Feminist Thought (via shana—e)
reading cisneros in junior high was a real light bulb turning on moment. At first, her work was an introduction and interest in poetry that cultivated a desire to relate and connect to others but that awareness, anger, compassion and ideas grew into so much more. Nothing but the upmost respect for her.
Yes yes yes! I couldn’t stop at House On Mango Street in middle school; I’ve read all of her books, which deeply informed my feminism and my cultural identity. Also, you all should check out this talk she did with Dorothy Allison. I like them both so much.