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This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by…

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981)

by Cherríe Moraga (Editor), Gloria Anzaldúa (Editor)

Other authors: Norma Alarcon (Contributor), Toni Cade Bambara (Foreword), Barbara Cameron (Contributor), Andrea Canaan (Contributor), Jo Carillo (Contributor)24 more, Chrystos (Contributor), Cheryl Clarke (Contributor), Combahee River Collective (Contributor), Gabrielle Daniels (Contributor), doris davenport (Contributor), hattie gossett (Contributor), mary hope lee (Contributor), Genny Lim (Contributor), Naomi Littlebear (Contributor), Audre Lorde (Contributor), Aurora Levins Morales (Contributor), Rosario Morales (Contributor), Judit Moschkovich (Contributor), Barbara Noda (Contributor), Pat Parker (Contributor), Mirtha Quintanales (Contributor), Donna Kate Rushin (Contributor), Barbara Smith (Contributor), Beverly Smith (Contributor), Luisah Teish (Contributor), Anita Valerio (Contributor), Nellie Wong (Contributor), Merle Woo (Contributor), Mitsuye Yamada (Contributor)

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"Through personal essays, criticism, interviews, testimonials, poetry, and visual art, this collection explores, as coeditor Cherríe Moraga writes, 'the complex confluence of identities--race, class, gender, sexuality--systemic to women of color oppression and liberation'"--Back cover.
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Just incredible, obviously. Even when they contradict one another, each piece is just so rich and powerful. Cherríe Moraga's introductions to the sections, especially talking about lesbianism as an orientation towards women and how that made her a feminist, are breath-taking, and Audre Lorde fucks me up every time in the absolute best ways. Some of it maybe might seem dated to people, or the historical context might mean you miss some things (I don't know that the editor's added notes giving that context are honestly all that helpful in this regard,) but regardless, it's absolutely a required read and I want to go out and buy copies of it for every single woman I know. ( )
  aijmiller | Aug 7, 2019 |
Classic, foundational text of third world feminism. A few of the essays haven't aged that well, but this book is valuable as a historical document, even if every essay is not still brilliant. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
I never read it during my college feminist days like what I should have, but my pound-my-head-against-the-wall frustration with this "which matters to you, race OR gender, pick one" Democratic primary was making me think that now would be a really good time to read Bridge.

And oh, goodness, was it ever.

The opening essay about 9/11 was amazing, and summed up so much of my frustration-with and horror-of the popular response. I adore Chrystos all to pieces; Luisa Teish talking about what she was doing before she started writing her spirituality books was an eye-opener; hattie gossett made me all kinds of happy; Mitsue Yamada was just yes, THAT; the big section by lesbians of color expressed some of my own frustrations with queer politics and made me keen to find a more recent anthology so I can get more insight into how things have and haven't changed since the early 80s. Plus learning and insight and transformation and grief and trust and anger and passion and oh, oh, oh!

And it gives me so much hope. Life isn't all "or", "or", "or", nor should it be. And if "your" social justice movement -- whatever it should be -- isn't finding a way to sync up with the needs of "other" social justice goals, then your movement isn't what you'd like to tell yourself it is. Oppressions may be different, but they're also interlinked, and not just by mechanism. This doesn't have to be about GroupA fighting GroupB for scraps of whatever-all. It could and should be about GroupA and GroupB carving a joint reality. You don't have to pick one.

And demanding that other people pick one, just because you did/could? No. Fail. Bad pseudo-activist. Go back to Remedial Social Justice 101, don't pass go, don't collect cookies, and don't come back until you can demonstrate basic decency.

I swear, this book felt like my first deep breath in months. That moment when your lungs open up, and the sweet, sweet air comes in, and you realize, Oh. I've been choking off my own breath and I didn't even notice.

...so, um, yeah. Hearty recommendation.
4 vote sanguinity | Nov 17, 2008 |
This book is the single most important book in the feminist canon. Read it now. ( )
  realsupergirl | Oct 21, 2005 |
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Moraga, CherríeEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anzaldúa, GloriaEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alarcon, NormaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bambara, Toni CadeForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cameron, BarbaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canaan, AndreaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carillo, JoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
ChrystosContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clarke, CherylContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Combahee River CollectiveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Daniels, GabrielleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
davenport, dorisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
gossett, hattieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
lee, mary hopeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lim, GennyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Littlebear, NaomiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lorde, AudreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morales, Aurora LevinsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morales, RosarioContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moschkovich, JuditContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Noda, BarbaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parker, PatContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Quintanales, MirthaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rushin, Donna KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, BarbaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, BeverlyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Teish, LuisahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valerio, AnitaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wong, NellieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Woo, MerleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yamada, MitsuyeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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