Essay on Lesbian Feminism And The Politics Of Difference

885 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Lesbian Feminism and the Politics of Difference in the 1970’s started off describing Audre Lorde, a truly pivotal character in the black, lesbian, and feminist movements of her time. The self-described “black, lesbian, feminist, poet, warrior, mother” was born to Caribbean immigrant parents in Harlem in 1934. Through her upbringing, Lorde thrived in poetry, a strength that would follow her into adulthood. She used his to her advantage as she progressed through the working class throughout her life. Lorde believed in “strength in difference”. Examples of this were shown prevalent, from lesbianism within 1950’s communities, interracial marriage and childbearing, lesbian marriage and childbearing, and being involved in an interracial lesbian relationship. Stemming from this belief, Lorde also refused homogenous identities. In this she coined the term “sister outsider”, referring to belonging to the feminism movement, but not in a single way. In conjunction with these, she also challenged others, specifically those within the lesbian feminism movement, to step out of their “comfort silence”.
Her influences on others peaked during times in which prejudice based violence was at an all-time high. Following in Lorde’s footsteps was Dorothy Allen. She was born in 1949 in South Carolina to a single, white mother. Despite surviving poverty and domestic and sexual abuse, Allen fell victim to oppression due to her sexual orientation, most specifically because of its scarcity within the…

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