The Five Friends Who Will Get You Through Your Divorce

April 8, 2011

The Vault This is the friend who listens, and listens, and then listens some more. And who understands that his only role is essentially not to react to 98 percent of your utterances as you are processing all the impossible changes that are heading into your life, except with a full range of compassionate “Mmm-hmm”s, […]

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Nikki Giovanni: The Fire in My Soul

April 6, 2011

I can remember the first time I read a poem by Nikki Giovanni. I was meandering through an old musty bookstore in Georgia uttering the mantra of all morose teenagers, “Moooooom I’m bored”. My Mother is Southern and does NOT play. She told me in that special tone to find a book, sit down, and […]

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Call for Submissions: Poems, Poetry and Poets That Have Influenced Our Lives

April 5, 2011

April is National Poetry Month and Latina Fatale is currently accepting submissions that focus on our favorite poems, poetry and poets that have influenced our lives in a positive way and have empowered women. Has a particular poem influenced your life? How so? Do you admire a particular female poet? Why? Is there a poet […]

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Silent No Longer: The Visual Poetic Resistance of Chicana/o Cinema in the Experimental Films of Frances Salomé España

April 4, 2011

During the formative years of the motion picture industry in the early 1900s, silent films exemplified the egregiously racist and misogynist nature of American cinema towards Mexicans. The films Let Katie Do It and D.W. Griffith’s little known, The Martyrs of the Alamo, for instance, both characterized Mexicans as “greasers, bandidos, fiendish sex, and dope […]

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Not Latina Enough

March 30, 2011

My friend Kathy, who reads Spanish, complimented the column I wrote for yesterday’s paper (you can read the column in Spanish here) and suggested I send it to a newspaper in Florida, where she lives. She said that I could maybe even write in Spanish, as there is a large Spanish-speaking community there and they […]

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I Am a Woman

March 24, 2011

Last year there were fliers on campus for a campaign that said “Don’t be that guy. . .” and “Don’t be that girl. . .” Apparently, some students on campus were upset with the use of “girl,” since this is a university and we are mostly over 18 and thus women. I will admit, I […]

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The “Mi Pobre Hijo” Syndrome

March 23, 2011

“Patriarchy has no gender” -bell hooks As feminists we often hear about patriarchy, sexism, and how women have been oppressed by men. We talk less about how women also perpetuate patriarchy by reinforcing sexism and stereotypical notions about gender roles. Even women who have managed to raise strong, independent daughters may be guilty of having […]

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Sandra Cisneros’ “Beautiful and Cruel”

March 23, 2011

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. […]

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Be Revolutionary: Emma Goldman’s “Living My Life”

March 20, 2011

My life has been a contradiction, a whirlwind of subversive exploration. I was raised in a deeply pro labor, libertarian democrats (occasionally bordering on socialist) family of agitators & organizers. We spent summers fishing & camping at a co-operative collectively owned by “Red Finn’s”, a center of labor organizing in the north woods for almost […]

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Feminist Books: Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening”

March 18, 2011

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about influential books that have changed my life or have deeply touched me in some way. It was in my third year of college when I read one of the most thought provoking books that has had deep significance for me as a woman, Kate Chopin’s masterpiece The Awakening […]

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