Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Master's Tools

"For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change."
This line from Audre Lorde's The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House, reveals the entire reason for the author to write an article like this one. The author mentions earlier in the writing that while attending a humanities seminar, she realized that when women of the world were defined in there, the many differences between them all are grossly exaggerated. Lorde's argument is a good one. She describes herself as a "Black lesbian feminist". So, in essence she is confined to the smallest possible category imaginable. I cannot even begin to fathom how she felt when she realized that according to society, she is "..outside the circle of this society's definition of acceptable women..."
The concept that she isn't a part of a greater group is a sad showing of our society's ignorance to those who fall outside of what we consider norms. That really isn't what Lorde wants us to know in her article but for all of us to realize that we need to stop having norms and accept everyone for who they actually are. We need to understand that people are still people whether they be black, white, gay or straight, woman or man. Or in Lorde's case, three out of six.
Here's a link to a website that I found that really relates to this article. It's a few months old but it's another sad fact that needs to stop:

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