Thursday, February 11, 2016
Turning into Cordova, Reflection
We Were Outlaws, a memoir of love and a radical fight for civil rights, written by Jeanne Cordova, reflects her triumphs and struggles during 1970's. The book reflects her political savviness and turbulence in developing a community of lesbian feminists. The collective memories focus on love, civil unrest, a leftist nazi, and the banishment from the Gay Community Service Center. Cordova's memoir is a page turner, as reading her history, we skim to the importance of her revolution of trying to maintain her own ideology of feminism, whilst struggle to manage a her monogamous love affair with Rachel. There are cameos with famous political activists, such as Angela Davis. But focusing on the importance of Cordova writing to illustrate a time of social upheaval against their gay brothers and the watchful eye of the Nixon Administration. She stated, that her and her lesbian and feminists comrades needed to be split from the gay community in order to establish a community and philosophy that focused and worked for them. Reading her passages provide a vividly surreal anxiety, wanting Cordova relationships to flourish and her push against social injustice to be stomped out. Her will to lead lesbians and feminists to a haven of hope and prosperity in the smoggy sunshine city of Los Angeles leaves us to read each chapter from her stance. Cognitively and physically embodying Cordova in the radical 1970s'.