|This webpage examines the Authors of 'Bridges Called our Back' and their main points.|
In “Bridges Called our Back”, Moraga and Anzaldúa (2015) have a section in the book titled Speaking in Tongues. In this section, the authors discuss the difficulties that women of color face, especially as writers. This section of the book challenges readers to see the perspective of authors that face many struggles in life. These authors are women of color. This section includes numerous poems and writings discusses these struggles. The goal in this section is also to empower and encourage not only women of color, but women in general to revoke, and get out there and write about their ideologies and experiences. The authors use this section of the book to highlight the white feminism and its discrepancies and how it rejects women of color. It also pointed out that women cannot simply blame everyone for the struggles and hardships that they may face, rather they need to be strong and overcome these battles with their head held high. Women need to be confident in the strength that they have. This section allowed for different female authors to express their feelings while dealing with some of the hardships they face every day, including as writers.
One specific section of this book that was interesting was the chapter A Letter To Third World Women Writers. This section consisted of numerous journal entries and letters from different women. Cherrie Moraga’s entry included a hardship she was facing, “..the dangers we face as women writers of color are not the same as those of white women though we have many in common. We don’t have as much to lose-we never had any privileges. I wanted to call the dangers obstacles but that would kind of lying. We can’t
transcend the dangers, can’t rise above them. We must go through them and hope we don’t have to repeat the performance”. This excerpt is important to the overall book. The way it is written in letter form helps get Moraga’s overall point across. It is more informal and helps the reader get a real feel for what she is going through.
Moraga, C., & Anzaldúa, G. (2015). This bridge called my back: writings by radical women of color. Albany: State University of New York (SUNY) Press.