The Master’s Tools

Writing can be problematic. Right now I am writing a lot and the content and purpose varies wildly – an inspirational keynote, a PR piece, a grant final report and new instructions & evaluation criteria for a grant application process.

I am obviously starting to lose track as I just inadvertently put an Audre Lorde quote into the inspirational keynote. “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”

Now to my credit I was riffing on shifting perspective and the reasons for taking action, but I realized as I came out of my writing haze that the white woman who would be delivering the speech would need a lot more background source material to quote the black feminist lesbian scholar. So I will include the sentiment, but not the quote and try to get back on message.

If you have never read it, take some time before Women’s History month fades away for another year and read Sister Outsider, essays & speeches by Audre Lorde, 1984, The Crossing Press feminist series.

The tiniest bit of progress (if you can call it that) has been made since this book was published – black women are no longer the lowest paid group in the nation by sex and race. Hispanic women now hold that title.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Perhaps I should use blog writing like a sorbet between projects to cleanse the mental palate.