"Movimientos de Redeldia Y Las Culturas Que Traicionan" from Borderlands/La Frontera: the New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua

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Prior to colonialism, there was no race. Colonialism was a racialized, gendered and sexualized classification of people based on race. Gender was socially constructed. This dichotomy of people was made up of the light side, the liminal side and the dark side. The light side consisted of white men, white bourgeois, colonials and white women. The light side was considered dichotomously binary where heterosexuality was institutionalized. This dichotomy was not complementary. Men were portrayed with reason, public and mind and woman as emotion, private, non promiscuous, passive, pure and weak in mind and body. The liminal/in between side included servants, prostitutes and criminals. Those in the dark side were seen as animals that did…show more content…
Anzaldua was in a state of intimate terror due to her position in the dark side of the gender system which made life more difficult for her. Anzaldua did not fit the standards of her culture. Queers such as Anzaldua were considered different, belonged to the other and because of this were considered lesser that others and non-human (Anzaldua 40). Gloria Anzaldua faced much oppression. She experienced a sense of banishment in the Borderland. Oppression within the Borderland was the requirement of women to be submissive as according to Chicano culture. Men were believed to be the "good" gender and were seen as the ones with power, had unobstructed roles and the freedom of decision. Women were looked at as the "bad" gender, were limited to specific roles and their purpose was to provide for males within their culture. Women were restricted to the roles of nuns, prostitues and mothers but Anzaldua resisted (Anzaldua 43). She saw the self as the individual's self concept. Identity formation was a continuing process affected by how she understood herself in relation. Anzaldua's sense of self was established distinctly when she resisted the immobilizations of power. Although Gloria Anzaldua detested some of her cultures ways, she was completely engrossed in her culture and her origins. She hated the ways in which her culture delineated women's status and roles and took away their

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