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Sister Outsider

Audre Lorde

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This classic volume of lectures and essays discusses sexism, racism, homophobia, and class, arguing that confronting our differences with clear-eyed truth and courage can lead to a just world.

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Sister Outsider

Sister Outsider

by Audre Lorde

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This landmark book was groundbreaking on arrival and remains a canonical collection. The 15 essays and speeches from 1976 to 1984 compiled in this collection address Audre Lorde's personal experiences, which broaden into insightful political and social theory.

A writer, civil rights activist, cancer survivor, and mother who grew up in Harlem during the 1930s, Lorde is the author of numerous acclaimed books, including Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. Lorde, an iconic Black, lesbian, feminist, remains an outsized influence on intersectional feminist thought, gender studies, Black studies, and critical theory.

Lorde argued for a synthesis between theory and poetry, for the necessity of difference as a means for social change and justice, for righteous anger and Black liberation, and her theories on pedagogy and American imperialism. Her scorching words left an indelible impression and a lasting call for action.

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I was going to die, if not sooner than later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.

- Audre Lorde

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