Feminism is a broad concept that focuses on issues of men and women, not women only. It is a movement against discrimination of many forms including sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, patriarchy, and machismo. Feminism has become a huge movement around the world that even cultures from Latin America (which are very excluding on new ideas) have starting to adopt it in hopes they can fight off “machismo”. According to Anzaldua, author from Borderlands/La Frontera, the “modern meaning of the word machismo,…...
As a Latina living in the United States, I have surpassed many struggles that have greatly impacted my self- identity. I can now clearly understand my struggles as not only a second generation Latina-Americana but also as a woman. I've had never really put in much thoughts into how my gender and ethnicity have played a very significant role on how I have lived my life. To clearly understand one self-identity and self-work one must learn to cope with the…...
‘How to Tame a Wild Tongue’ is one chapter in a book called Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza, written by Gloria E. Anzaldua, who was a Mexican American lesbian feminist writer, poet, scholar, and activist. In this chapter, Anzaldua talks about the hardships of growing up as a Chicana(a people caught between two warring cultures) that lived in a country that stripped them of their language and their culture; a country that forced them to speak English and treated…...
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Born in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas in 1942, Gloria Anzaldúa was a leader in her works of cultural/chicana/o theories, feminist theories, and lesbian/queer theories. She’s published numerous works of fiction as well as essays, articles, interviews, anthologies, an autobiography and even children’s books. Her book Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza published in 1987 is one of her most foremost pieces of work. Growing up she faced several accounts of discrimination due to her ethnicity and sexual orientation, but she…...
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