And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support. I wrote about “ The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.” I picked this article because it relates to the Mohanty article from last week.

Boston, MA: Persephone Press. The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.

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But as poet and essayist Audre Lorde said so powerfully, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” Love & Vision. Both articles deal with the fact that individuals in one society should not be clumped together. The memoirs of some early women’s liberation activists in 1960s America offer some clues. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. 1 They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” - Audre Lorde (1981) `The Master's Tools will never Dismantle the Master's House', in C. Moraga and G. Anzaldua (eds) This Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Lorde, A. Because the master’s tools are specially designed to build the master’s house, and even if you try to use those tools to dismantle the master’s house—which could mean racism, or patriarchy, or various other established structures of oppression—the master’s tools will wind up rebuilding the master’s house despite all your best efforts. To work within a system, to play by its rules, inevitably reinforces that system, whether or not that’s what you intend. In her 1984 essay "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House," Lorde attacked underlying racism within feminism, describing it as unrecognized dependence on the patriarchy. "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House" by Audre Lorde Lorde's central theme in this chapter is "difference" - differences of gender, class, race, sexuality, experience, etc. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House Author: Audre Lorde Keywords: race; class; sexuality; age; gender; feminism; gender; academy Created Date: