YOUth Review: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

book coverAudre Lorde, a writer, feminist, and civil rights activist, tackles matters of sexism, classism,  racism, and homophobia in a series of essays and speeches. Her words are lyrical and informative, and explain things that she, herself, went through throughout her life to give insights into why people should educate themselves on these matters. Not only giving personal experiences, but she also goes into depth about why people should care and learn more about this. Touching on topics like erotic and feminine power, the oppressive system, and the difference between hatred and anger, she creates an atmosphere that is incisive and enlightening. This book was published in 1984 but states things that are still occurring in today’s world.

This book is very educational that I think a lot of people can learn from. I’m always surprised as to how many people haven’t read this book or haven’t heard Audre Lorde’s name before. I find it very interesting to have read about what she personally went through. I believe more people should read this book to gain more knowledge about everyday life back then, and apply the points in the book to what is still happening today. I have almost completely annotated this book because of how many great points Lorde made. I really enjoyed reading this book and I think more people should read it.


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