"When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision" and "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens"

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Women. Adrienne Rich says we have our work cut out for us. Alice Walker says we could do so much given the artistic chance. Patricia Williams says that we are not sleeping. I listen and relate to these women. And I wonder what do I say? I am a woman. I don't know what it means for me to be a woman. I just am.

Be Insatiable. Be insatiable and still a woman. Stand for your beliefs, be a bitch and yet stay soft and sexy and agreeable. I feel like a lousy commercial for some perfume, "I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan, and never let you forget you're a man, because I'm a woman." I am caught in the crossfire of who I am and who I ought to be according to everybody else. Is this what Williams' dream
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I am an active "Mormon" woman, but I feel I am neither oppressed nor second class. However, because of prejudices both within and without I feel that I can not fully express myself. Those around me that are my same religion and culture have a hard time seeing outside. They don't attempt to understand from a non-Mormon point of view. Those that are not my religion are tainted because of the predominance of the belief system, and I would say often times their narrow-minded prejudices of others.

In class, "missionary work" came up, "the superiority of missionary work." I heard that and it made me mad. But I said nothing. I didn't want to impose my "majority view." I didn't want to offend and I wanted to find the right wording for my feelings. But before I could reword my reaction and temper my anger, the class was over, the topger, the class was over, the topic forgotten. I never felt superior and I was a missionary.

I went on a mission to share the things that I believed with anyone who would listen. I felt unqualified. What did I know of life? I felt scared, I felt anxiety. I went to Natchez, Mississippi. I felt out of place. And I felt humbled by these people that would let me into their homes and lives. How could white middle class me do this? Let me explain. I found out that no matter in whom or what you believe about spirituality, the discussion of it can come from the heart of a person. As a missionary,
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