I Am Woman

I Am Woman

A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism

Book - 1996
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A revised edition of Lee Maracle's visionary book which links teaching of her First Nations heritage with feminism. "I Am Woman represents my personal struggle with womanhood, culture, traditional spiritual beliefs and political sovereignty, written during a time when that struggle was not over. My original intention was to empower Native women to take to heart their own personal struggle for Native feminist being. The changes made in this second edition of the text do not alter my original intention. It remains my attempt to present a Native woman's sociological perspective on the impacts of colonialism on us, as women, and on my self personally."--From the author.
Publisher: Vancouver : Press Gang Publishers, c1996
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780889740594
0889740593
Characteristics: xii, 142 p. ; 22 cm

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Jun 29, 2017

The soft and quiet tone of the book is seductive imbuing the reader with heightened sensitivity (and its consequent agreeableness). An emotional reader will likely be quickly swept away and become induced into searing resentment and a quiet arrogant bigotry (as I must confess I was initially). However, a little distance and a little thought is all that is required to see through the author's incapacity to see her own decisions and actions (and those of other native Canadians) as the source of travails they bear, and instead confabulate everything bad as coming from racism and sexism and colonialism and patriarchy (and utopianizing pre-contact native lifeways). It degrades into a racist screed against everyone non-native in Canada (though focussed on those of "European" heritage (what does a person of Moldovan or Lithuanian heritage have to do with colonialism?)), promoting negative attitudes towards everyone non-native - she (conveniently!) doesn't mention those who are, say, about 34% native (or "non-status" as they're called in Canada) - inculcating bigotry, ignorance, hatred, and prejudice. Other relevant considerations such as equality, responsibility, and liberty get little or no mention.

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