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Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa
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"Writing produces anxiety. Looking inside myself and my experience, looking at my conflicts, engenders anxiety in me. Being a writer feels very much like being a Chicana, or being a queer– a lot of squirming, coming up against all sorts of walls. Or its opposite: nothing defined or definite, a boundless, floating state of limbo where I kick my heels, brood, percolate, hibernate and wait for something to happen."

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Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands

Women of Color, Impostor Syndrome, and The Left: On Being a Marxist Xicana Writer

Reading Borderlands in the midst of a tempestuous period in my personal and political growth has proven to be an exercise in understanding my cultural identity as much as it has been a political challenge. One which promises many insights and revelations if I can just make it to the other side.

Part of the challenge, however, involves working thru these political and cultural questions thru writing, and like Anzaldúa notes, there is a great deal of anxiety we experience when writing. For me, becoming a writer has been one of the hardest endeavors I’ve ever undertaken. Identifying as a Marxist Xicana writer, an even harder one.

However, because I don’t often write about myself or my lived experiences most of the anxiety I expereince comes from insecurities about my competence and skill. This, of course, is not a new thing. Women, and particularly women of color, suffer disporportionately from “impostor syndrome,” a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments despite evidence of their competence.

According to the Counceling Center at CalTech, “Impostor syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in the face of information that indicates that the opposite is true. It is experienced internally as chronic self-doubt, and feelings of intellectual fraudulence.”

I remember first learning of impostor syndrome about a year ago and feeling like I’d finally discovered the root of so much of my anxiety in academia as well as in activist circles. I now had a term for what I’d been feeling all my life and understanding my feelings and their consequenes has been a taxing project I’ve had to undertake in order to be able to move forward as a woman of color writer and activist.

Perhaps this is why I have always subconsciously sought out recognition with more frequency than perhaps others do– not so much to fullfil a need to feel important or recognized, but rather as a means by which to convince myself of my own competency. And because I’m not just a woman, but a first-generation Xicana, I’ve had to straddle both worlds and convince myself AND them of my competency and worth.

Let me tell you, this shit is hella exhausting! So if we, the left, want to see more women of color getting involved and leading our movements, I’ma need y’all to be conscious of our socio-political struggles cause trying to survive is hard enough but we out here hustling to thrive in a world that’s stacked all possible odds against us.

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kapwacollective:

Indigenous Is Indigenous is not a skin color, Indigenous is not my nose, Indigenous is not my eye color, Indigenous is not my lips,
Indigenous is not romanticizing ancient teachings, To appropriate, To disseminate, To cut to pieces, And abbreviate in a research document, Indigenous is removing layers of shame from your ancestors trail, Indigenous is stepping up to the plate, Healing and creating a new way for future generations, Indigenous is standing tall, Indigenous is standing beautifully, Indigenous is an honor.
 ~ Anishinaabekwe Painting © Ernesto Hernandez Olmos, Mother Earth

madameinquisitor:

WOC are so important
Queer WOC
Non-Binary WOC
Trans WOC
Neuroatypical WOC
Disabled WOC
Overweight/Fat WOC
Mixed WOC

Protect WOC 

(via wocinsolidarity)

thinkmexican:

Neither Saints Nor Sluts, Just Women

March 8, 1991
Mexico City

Images From the Feminist Movement of Mexico City

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#diadelamujer #womensday #destroypatriarchy #feminism #bechingonaeveryday #thinkmexican

"I guess my feminism and my race are the same thing to me. They’re tied in one to another, and I don’t feel an alliance or an allegiance with upper-class white women. I don’t. I can listen to them and on some level as a human being I can feel great compassion and friendships; but they have to move from their territory to mine, because I know their world. But they don’t know mine."

- Sandra Cisneros, Chicana Feminist Thought
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"Be women who make things happen, not women things happen to."

- Sandra Cisneros, Bien Pretty (via wordsandthebees)

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chicanafem:

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"A woman of color’s self-love is political and radical, and it is unsettling for the status quo because she is choosing bravely to dismantle the narratives of racist aesthetics against her. So when people bully a girl of color for being content and satisfied with her appearance - a reality that is subjected to racist, sexist slurs in cosmetic industries - and when they tell her to be “humble” which is normative code for “Nah, you’re not special, you’re not light and delicate in a Eurocentric way” then she has every right to chew their hearts and spit them out. A non-white girl’s self-love is revolutionary and anyone trying to water it down needs to back right off."

- Mehreen kasana (via rossamorena)

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"“I’ve put up too much, too long, and now I’m just too intelligent, too powerful, too beautiful, too sure of who I am finally to deserve anything less.”
— Sandra Cisneros"

- (via comillas-extranjeros)

(Source: calikariworld, via palabras-de-mi-corazon)