It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support.
– Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”
I will be working on a long final paper for the next week at least, so I leave you with the quote that I am using as its inspiration. You can read the whole Audre Lorde piece online, which you should because it’s great. Now I’m going to go write about feminist transgression in eighteenth century fiction, whoop!