Still effectively is when she says, “Race and

Still exploring
the theme of woman’s gender identity, however, now talking it from the
theoretical perspective of sociology, I believe, Patricia Hill Collins (1999)
provides a more diverse discourse which explains woman’s identity more adequately
than Cowan (1991). With the reference and consolidation of texts previously
written by black feminists such as Angela Davis,
Bell Hooks (1981), Alice Walker (1982), and Audre Lorde (1984). In her book, Collins analyses the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class
which gives a more graspable and relatable idea of how identity is sculpted and
influenced by various axis other than gender. One quote which I think encompasses
this idea effectively is when she says, “Race
and gender may be analytically distinct, but in Black women’s everyday lives,
they work together.” – Collins (1999,
p 257) this demonstrates that female identity is a build-up of different
factors which cannot be overlooked or disregarded as the combination of them all
makes us who we are and as a result it influences the way we experience our day
to day lives.  In one of the chapters titled “sexual politics.” I’ve noticed that while
Collins correctly identifies the history of black woman’s relationship with “sex
work and pornography”  (p 387), it is disappointing
that she breaks the pattern of constantly backing up her argument with case
studies, as she chooses to ignore the experiences of any actual sex workers, but
instead privileging the voices of non-sex worker academics. While reading this
chapter I felt a sense of anti-sex work attitude, Collins’ arguments in this
chapters take an overly homogenous, outsiders view of sex workers’ lives I believe
this to be unnecessary as she is a feminist who’s discourse is mainly constructed
to empower woman. Further, her analysis fails to acknowledge the experience of Black
trans women and hardly engages with the experiences of all queer Black women,
when comparing this reading to other feminist texts speaking of female identity,
it is barely notable that Collin fails to thoroughly investigate the experience
of LBTQ+ woman, however, the main aim of this text is to shed light on how
intersectionality and……