So, I have been thinking....I'm in love with narratives of black lesbian women! Yep, I said it...I'm not one and I should not even have had to say it, but I think this is why it makes it so interesting to me...to know that I love their coming of age stories...and noting the similarities, while the world is stuck on the differences. This past week in class we "attempted" to read Judith Butler and I thought about the blurring of the lines of divisive sexualities. But, at the same time I think their is something wonderful in writing about their struggles and their success in dealing with it. Gosh, I thought life as a young, black, woman was hard, but can you imagine being young, black, lesbian, and a woman?
I am saying all this to say that the autobiographical narratives of contemporary black, feminist, lesbians is a new direction that I would like to take my writing in. While I am still going to focus on Audre Lorde and bell hooks...I am going to show how the writing of more contemporary black feminist memoirists like Staceyann Chin are shaped by later writers.