Words to Live By

I was attracted to science  fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything … and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.” ~ Octavia E. Butler

“The possibilities are endless once we decide to act and not react.” ~ Gloria Anzaldua, “La Conciencia de la Mestiza.”

“A misinformed people is a subjugated people.” ~ Gloria Anzaldua, “La Conciencia de la Mestiza.”

“As women, we have been taught either to ignore our differences, or to view them as causes for separation and suspicion rather than as forces for change.” ~ Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” Sister Outsider.

“[R]emain open to the intricacies of the intersections of language, class, race, and gender in the literature.” ~ Barbara Christian.

“[T]he terms ‘minority’ and ‘discourse’ are located firmly in a Western dualistic or ‘binary’ frame which sees the rest of the world as minor and tries to convince the rest of the world that it is major, usually through force and then through language, even as it claims many of the ideas that we, its ‘historical’ other, have known and spoken about for so long….” ~ Barbara Christian.

“[I]f motherhood is an exchangeable commodity given by women in payment for clothes and food, then we must of course find some relation between the quantity or quality of the motherhood and the quantity and quality of the pay. This being true, then the women who are not mothers have no economic status at all; and the economic status of those who are must shown to be relative to their motherhood. This is obviously absurd. The childless wife has as much money as the mother of many,-more; …” Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “Women and Economics.”


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