Tag: Erasure

A Re-Declaration Of Independence That Includes Everyone This Time

I guess it is true that humans often resist change. Hold on to tired old things that are no longer working. I guess we all feel this within ourselves when we need to change and we cannot make ourselves do it because things are comfortable enough as is or we are “attached.” I guess that could be what is going on with white people in the United States around the most recent request for change from the black community. I guess even having the option to resist change is a form of privilege. If it ain’t broke…well guess what?...

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Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson and the Loaded Gun of Poetry

In her poetry and prose, Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) writes about important, forgotten and misrepresented women. She re-tells their stories, rescues and “un-erases” them. “’Erasure’ refers to the practice of collective indifference that renders certain people and groups invisible…how inconvenient people are dismissed, their history, pain and achievements blotted out.” ~Parul Sehgal If oppressors have hands that hold erasers, resisters must acquire magic un-erasers to restore and recover data that has been systematically removed. Rich’s hands are large and with them she un-erases much, clearing the frosted windows obscuring so many women’s biographies, opening and revealing vast patches in the masked truth...

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Collective Restoration: Bring Us Back!

Margaret Fuller’s Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first major feminist work published in America. Margaret has a lengthy list of firsts to her credit. These include first female literary critic, first woman allowed to conduct research in the Harvard College library, first female journalist for the New York Tribune, first female foreign correspondent and war correspondent to serve under combat conditions. These are some of her accomplishments, but they do not begin to describe the person she was, a woman once encountered, not forgotten. Read Maria Dintino’s #nastywomenwriters piece on Margaret Fuller here. So why was...

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