Identity Stereotypes in Audre Lorde's 'Zami'

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Identity Stereotypes in "Zami" by Audre Lorde In "Zami" by Audre Lorde, there are several issues that revolve around the stereotype of identity. The first of these deals with race and the second deals with gender, while the third is her sexuality. While many books touch on or even expound upon those topics, Zami focuses on them in a way that reaches out to the reader and provides a great deal of insight into whether race and gender matter and how they affect both a person's identity and his or her social relations. Both gender and race are very important ways that individuals use to differentiate themselves and provide themselves with identities. However, too often those identities are shaped by gender and race - and that does not provide the person the opportunity to develop his or her actual identity independent of other factors or variables that belong to a large subset of the population. In Zami, Lorde shows that gender and race are often a part of identity, but that they are stereotypical and can be limiting (Lorde, 1982). It is better, in that sense, to have an identity that is aware of but independent from factors such as race and gender. Because Lorde grew up in the 1930s, she faced both gender and racial discrimination. One of the main and highly valuable influences in Lorde's life was her mother, who was always happy and pleasant in the face of any issue that came her way. That was especially true with the discrimination issues that she faced, because the

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