By Gloria Wekker
Gloria Wekker analyzes the phenomenon of mati paintings, an previous perform between Afro-Surinamese working-class ladies within which marriage is rejected in desire of female and male sexual companions. Wekker vividly describes the lives of those ladies, preferring to create replacement households of kinfolk, fanatics, and kids, and provides a desirable account of women's sexuality that isn't restricted to both heterosexuality or same-sex sexuality. She deals new views at the lives of Caribbean girls, transnational homosexual and lesbian routine, and an Afro-Surinamese culture that demanding situations traditional Western notions of marriage, gender, identification, and hope. Bringing those women's voices to the leading edge, she deals an in depth and groundbreaking research of the original historic, spiritual, mental, monetary, linguistic, cultural, and political forces that experience formed their lives.
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If we, as lesbians and gay men, continue to speak of ourselves and to conceive of ourselves as women and as men, we are instrumental in maintaining heterosexuality. am sure that an economic and political transformation will not dedramatize these categories of language. Can we redeem slave? Can we redeem nigger, negress? How is woman different? Will we continue to write white, master, man? The transformation of economic relationships will not suffice. We must produce a political transformation of the key concepts, that is of the concepts which are strategic for us.
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The Politics of Passion by Gloria Wekker