Suzanne Pharr March 10th, 2008
Twenty years ago, I went to a cabin deep in the Arkansas woods, holed up with my two rat terriers for two months, and wrote the first draft of Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism. It was not a difficult writing task because for seven years I had been schooled in its politics and principles through two privileged methods:
1) working with the spunky Women’s Project that took on intersectional politics and a courageous approach to community organizing in Arkansas;
2) and presenting hundreds of workshops on racism and homophobia to groups around the country who shared their experiences and political analysis with me.
Now, it is 20 years later, with 40,000+ copies sold and the Women’s Project, which receives its profits, is still hanging in there as a small nonprofit in Arkansas. The book’s success can be explained only by our ongoing need and desire to understand the importance of intersectional politics, the power of oppression, and the power of groups and individuals aligning themselves across identities and issues.
Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism can be read on this blog. In the Time of the Right: Reflections on Liberation can be downloaded.