By Elena Garcés

ISBN-10: 0739116266

ISBN-13: 9780739116265

ISBN-10: 0739130110

ISBN-13: 9780739130117

Girls bring themselves from subjugation via getting better their voices, by means of instructing themselves, and by means of talking out, in unison, opposed to forces that experience stored them less than heel. The scope of Colombian girls: The fight Out of Silence is either own and worldwide: own to the interviewees and to Elena GarcZs herself, as she tells her personal tale; and international, in that many beneficial properties of the patriarchy and its disorder expand way past the borders of Colombia.

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Fear of men notwithstanding, love for her father is a constant in Aleja’s life. ” This is the special treatment to protect the virtue of women, to keep them chaste. ” As a child, she never has much to do with boys, not with the farm hands, not even with male relatives. At fifteen, she considers marriage (secretly, perhaps because she is afraid of her mother), but catches the man with 30 } Chapter Two another woman. Later, she is tempted by “a love relationship” when she works for my grandmother.

In this respect I aspired to what Harding (1987: 9) describes as the “best feminist analysis,” [which] insists that the inquirer be placed in the same critical plane as the overt subject matter. . That is, the class, race, culture, and gender assumptions, beliefs, and behaviors of the researcher must be placed within the frame of the picture that she attempts to paint. . Thus, the researcher appears to us not as the invisible, anonymous voice of authority but as a real, historical individual with concrete, specific desires.

It is a politics that is “a means, not an end; a process, not a dogma” (Morgan 1997: 6). I agree with Asuncion Lavrin and other feminists who write mainly on women’s issues, that practice and theory must begin with a basic understanding of the family’s manipulation of individuals through gender roles. “Theory does not only explain facts, it also describes reality” (Marks and de Courtivron 1981: 213). The analysis and criticism of reality are tools for a politics of change (see Gutting 1990). ” Important matters that concern women’s lives are not to be kept unanswered, or superficially handled.

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