Required Reading: Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers

by Abaki Beck

Text:  Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers (from This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua)

Author: Gloria Anzaldua

Quote to Highlight: "When you come knocking on our doors with your rubber stamps that brand our faces dumb, hysterical, passive puta, pervert, when you come with your branding irons to burn my property on our buttocks, we will vomit the guilt, self-denial, and race-hatred you have force-fed us right back into your mouth. We are done being cushions for your projected fears."

One Sentence Summary: An essay dedicated to women of color writers about reclaiming, finding community and voice, and resisting oppression through writing.

Type of Text: Personal essay, creative non-fiction, poetry

File it Under: Women of color, resistence, poetry, writing as power, reclamation, Chicana writers

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