Black women’s lives are a series of negotiations that aim to reconcile the contradictions separating our own internally defined images of self as African-American women with our objectification as the Other…The category of “Black woman” makes all U.S. Black women especially visible and open to the objectification of Black women as a category. This group treatment potentially renders each individual African-American woman invisible as fully human. But paradoxically, being treated as an invisible Other places U.S. Black women in an outsider-within position that has stimulated creativity in many.
P. Hill Collins (2000, pp. 99-100)
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"John Gwaltney’s (1980) interview with Nancy White, a 73-year-old Black woman, suggests that ordinary Black women may also be aware of the power of these controlling images in their everyday experiences. In the following passage, Ms. White assesses the difference between the controlling images applied to Afro-American and white women as being those of degree, and not of kind:
‘My mother used to say that the black woman is the white man’s mule and the white woman is his dog. Now, she said that to say this: we do the heavy work and get beat whether we do it well or not. But the white woman is closer to the master and he pats them on the head and lets them sleep in the house, but he ain’t gon’ treat neither one like he was dealing with a person’(1980:148)."
— Learning from the Outsider Within: The Sociological Significance of Black Feminist Thought* by Patricia Hill Collins, University of Cincinnati (via hippycoast)
"To me feminism is not simply a struggle to end male chauvinism or a movement to ensure that women will have equal rights with men; it is a commitment to eradicating the ideology of domination that permeates Western culture on various levels—sex, race, and class, to name a few-and a commitment to reorganizing U.S. society so that the self-development of people can take precedence over imperialism, economic expansion, and material desires. (Hooks 1981, 194)"
— Hill Collins, Patricia. 1990. “Defining Black Feminist Thought” from Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. Boston: Unwin Hyman. pp. 19-40. (via continentalbreakfasts)
"Feminism is not a rulebook, but a discussion, a conversation, a process."
— Tavi Gevinson (via feministquotes)
Any of you people interested in Language and Feminism should read ‘Language and Woman’s Place’ by Robin Lakoff