My blog is on the book Gender Talk and the discussions presented. This book was very interesting from the beginning because of the personal narratives presented by the authors and the women and men they interviewed. One interesting quote I read was a question that many people might have it said "how could I, so committed to fighting racism and who feels so deeply oppressed myself, be accused of oppressing someone black like me?" (page 44). It was interesting because that is a question that I myself have asked because there are many a times where there is jealously or something along those lines where I want to be the victor of a situation and hold someone else back. We have to realize that as oppressed people in either class, race, gender, or sexuality that we oppress others which is the matrix of domination law discussed in class so many times. Everyone can be oppressed in some way.
But the theme of this book is to state that Black women have the Black in front of them at all times and gender is always a second thought, it is not the first priority when discussing rights. It was said the Frederick Douglass said "race is more urgent then gender" or something along those lines. I do believe that, but what I do not believe is stating that gender can wait. The longer you wait for gender equality the harder it will actually be to achieve it, and the same does go for race. It is not fair that Black women were pushed to the background but had to act as the foreground in the home environment, it is a double standard in society.
Another question that was brought up is gender a chosen identity or natural behavior? That is an thought that we've discussed in class. Gender is socially defined as what a man and a woman are to do in society because of their reproductive parts and what society said each gender has to do. I believe that it is a mixture of both because people do choose their gender because it can be changed, and then again people are born into how they are supposed to act based on society's preference. I liked this book because it stated facts, it has experiences from men and women who are feminist, which is something else i found interesting, I did not, for some reason, realize that men could be feminist right along side women probably based on the hierarchy point of view in society where men are on top and women beneath but I was proven wrong in this text.
In conclusion I would like to say that this book helped me learn a lot more about experiences that women have had and the fact that gender is at times overlooked in the Black community because race is so deeply rooted in our history as people that we forget that gender is also. The stereotypes of each gender is connected to race and connected to class and we have to continue to remember that everything is connected and neither is more important than the other.