Saturday, October 27, 2012
A Memoir of Love and Revolution
When We Were Outlaws is a revolutionary book that is exactly as it is described, “a memoir of
Love & Revolution". In this book Jeanne Córdova really digs deep into her personal journey and puts some of the most personal experiences down on paper for others to see. The story is centered around movements and activist participation that took place in the mid to late 70’s. Córdova explains her experiences in these movements from both a political and personal point of view. While the writer portrays herself to be a hardworking activist who fought hard for change, she also depicts herself as a person who still struggles with the battles of everyday problems, including family and love. This writing is wonderful because it allows readers to see Córdova as a lesbian activist who is only trying to maintain love and revolution during the social movements of the 70’s.
After reading about Córdova’s personal and political journey, I could not help but ponder on two questions. My first question is about family life. From reading the book it is my understanding that you did not have a good relationship with your father; my question stems from that broken relationship. How do you think your political career would have been affected if your relationship with your father was not completely cut off? How did you manage to deal with the fact that you did not really have any familial support during such an interesting time in your life? My other question has to do with your relationships From the reading it is obvious that your political and personal lives mixed together frequently. Looking back now, would you wish that you had kept love and work separate? Or did having both help you in some way?