Oh, my Lorde!
I found Lorde's essay particularly fascinating. For one reason, her essay opens using Johnson's +5 system, Lorde tells us she is a "forty-nine-year-old Black lesbian feminist socialist mother of two...and a member of an interracial couple." Not only do I think it is interesting that Lorde throws her result to the +5 system out so quickly (in the second paragraph) but that her result to the +5 system is more than a result. Lorde breaks grammatical punctuation rules by listing her results with no commas between them, which right away tells us how she feels about her identity. As the essay goes on, Lorde discusses not just being black and being a lesbian, but rather being a Black lesbian...a huge difference. Lorde makes it clear that for her there are no ands, no commas, but rather that she is what she is because of what she is. Lorde's essay also brings up another intriguing subject. On the final page of the essay, Lorde states, "For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." In my perspective, this means that in order to change any type of system (considering that the system to be changed here is a patriarchal system oppressing women) the change can not come from within the same system trying to be changed. This means that real change can only come from, not only outside the norms, but outside the system. The greatest example that Lorde gives us is by capitalizing the letter "B".