Latina Feminist Reader Suggestions

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Via Amsterdam-based writer Flavia Dzodan over at Red Light Politics, this list of suggestions for a Latina Feminist Reader:

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color – Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza – Gloria Anzaldua

Unequal sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women’s History edited by Vicki Ruiz

Since this is a pretty expensive book and not widely available online to read, at the very least, I would recommend reading the chapter “The Development of Chicana Feminist Discourse” by Alma M. Garcia. Found in pdf format here.

From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture – Myra Mendible

Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism – Daisy Hernadez and Bushra Rehman

Don’t Be Afraid, Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks From The Heart: The Story of Elvia Alvarado – Elvia Alvarado

Especially for migrant women of color, this is a must read:
Uprootings Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration Sara Ahmed, one of my favorite feminists, edited this book with a Latina feminist, Claudia Castañeda.

As an aside, Sara Ahmed’s The Cultural Politics of Emotion is a must read. It’s not specific to Latina feminism but it is invaluable in its insights

Women of Color and Feminism – Maythee Rojas

Women’s Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship various editors

For those who do read Spanish, I would also recommend Sexualidades migrantes. Género y transgénero edited by Diana Maffia

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-Bridget Crawford

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