in the words of Audre Lorde

March 13, 2007

I must do a quick shoutout (and link) to the Women of Color blog – today they posted excerpts from one of the most amazing Audre Lorde essays/speeches, the Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House. Upon rereading, I had one of those moments of remembering one of the roots of my politics.

As women, we have been taught to either ignore our differences or to view them as causes for separation and suspicion rather than as forces for change. Without community, there is no liberation, only the most vulnerable and temporary armistice between an individual and her oppression. But community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor that pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist.

For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support.

Isn’t it weird, it was written in 1979 and still rings true 30 years later?

If you haven’t read Sister Outsider, do it NOW. Seriously. Thank you, thank you, BFP.



  1. I have read few works of Audre Lorde and I am impressed by the way she expresses herself. What you said is true that after so many years, the same things are still happening now.

    I will begin to write some issues regarding women of color.
    Please visit my blogspot and give a shout out sometime at:


    thanks, looking forward to meet more women who think alike and are in the fight against oppression of women!

  2. Thanks, agentblue. Welcome to the blogosphere!

  3. bfp is too cool for school.

    btw, SF, can you drop me an email? lilith_sincere@yahoo.com. (per the group project–I don’t have your email)

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