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Do you know who you are Do you know who you really are Some people spend their entire lives trying to answer that one question Some figure it out while others feel they will never know Audre Lordes book is the answer to that question This is a story of a Black homosexual woman discovering herself in a racist homophobic American society This is a story of a person surviving Lorde calls this story a biomythography which means an invented or made-up life story The biomythography Zami A New Spelling of My Name traces Audre Lordes life from her childhood in Harlem through her discovery and acceptance of her self as a Black lesbian woman in the late 1950s Masterfully crafted by the profound and artistic Lorde Zami reads like musical poetry Through her life experiences Lorde carefully forges a path to locate her position in the world Ultimately naming and accepting difference are the tools necessary for Lordes ability to stay alive and stay human Aside from the literal definition after I read the book I thought Lorde was also describing how she viewed the way she was raised by her parents When she was young until she moved out on her own Lorde lived a very sheltered life and protected life This isolated world she lived in had great effects on how she viewed herself and other people Throughout growing up Lorde writes about not having a language for difference Lordes parents chose to protect her from American racism by never naming it In high school Lorde never spoke of the differences between her and her close friends thinking that she could conquer it by ignoring it p 81 She documents that as a child she simply had no words for racism p81 Because this philosophy was indoctrinated in Lorde words did not miraculously appear with maturation Her protected life leads her to only know what she was told by her parents and
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