Most people in the United States think of feminism or the most commonly used term “women’s lib” as a movement that aims to make women the social equals of men. This broad definition, popularized by the media and mainstream segments of the movement, raises problematic questions. Since men are not equals in white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal class structure, which men do women want to be equal to? Do women share a common vision of what equality means? Implicit in this simplistic definition of women’s liberation is a dismissal of race and class as factors that, in conjunction with sexism, determine the extent to which an individual will be discriminated against, exploited, or oppressed.

bell hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

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things i will never say to my unborn daughter


i will never tell you to be
a lady, because ladies were
white, sophisticated women
who dressed like porcelain dolls,
spoke like cooing doves,
and looked at our brown beauty
like it was something savage.

they found our naked breasts tokens,
proof of our colonial subservience.
they walked around with parasols
like they were afraid of the sun,
afraid of their skin darkening
into the pigment of primitive filipina.

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