Sandra Cisneros’ “Beautiful and Cruel”

by Latina Fatale on 03/23/2011 · 4 comments

in Latina Writers, Literature

We love the Latina author Sandra Cisneros, and we wanted to share this clip that she reads from her story “Beautiful and Cruel” from the book The House on Mango Street:



I have decided not to grow up tame like the others, who lay their necks on the threshold, waiting for the ball and chain. “Beautiful and Cruel”, Sandra Cisneros

I have begun my own quiet war. Simple, sure. I am one who leaves the table like a man, without putting back the chair, or picking up the plate. “Beautiful and Cruel”, Sandra Cisneros

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feministified March 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm

This. Is. Awesome.

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Latina Fatale March 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Sandra Cisneros rocks! She’s one of my favorite authors!!

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Lourdes Acevedo August 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I love this, thank you. Can you imagine if we all “got up from the dinner table like men”? We’d start a revolution. I can tell you at my house, the dishes would not get cleared for at least a week, and I’d hear a whole lot of grumbling. The toughest activism can be right at home…

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Latina Fatale August 19, 2011 at 3:18 am

This is a common theme that I hear over and over-that activism is tough at home! It’s a foreign concept to me because I basically have a male who is a homemaker at home!! Women need to hold their partners accountable!!

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