Profile of a Renegade Queen: Audre Lorde

A Renegade Queen is a woman who courageously takes a stand for herself and what she believes in, knows who she is and what she is here to do, and boldly puts on her crown and rules her world.

Renegade Queens are an inspiration to all women who reject the status quo and are looking for more purpose, authenticity and fulfillment in their own lives. They perfectly illustrate the power of embracing your sovereignty, loving and accepting all of who you are and deciding what your life will be.

I’ve decided it would be fun to do a series of posts honoring Renegade Queens, and hopefully inspiring you to step more fully into your sovereignty so you can start living the kick-ass life you are here to live.

The honor of being the first Renegade Queen profiled is Audre Lorde.

audre-lorde“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

Audre Lorde was a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” , who disagreed with feminism and took a stand for accepting difference….all differences, differences between groups and differences within the individual.

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”

She was born during a time when the path for a women was clearly laid out; you get married and have children, and she did that, only to divorce and honor who she was by living as a lesbian in a time when that was not socially accepted. Her work on racial and lesbian topics drew widespread critical acclaim and much criticism from political and religious leaders. She stood strong in the face of such criticism and courageously continued to express her individuality, refusing to be silenced.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

Her poetry spoke to many things: love, the relationship between mother and child, the differences between individuals and groups, being a black women. I especially appreciate how Lorde’s work not only speaks to the differences between groups of women but also the conflicting differences within the individual. Her determination to come across and an individual and not a stereotype, and her fierce determination to live her life her way is what makes her a perfect example of a Renegade Queen.

“I am defined as other in every group I’m part of,” Lorde declared. “The outsider, both strength and weakness. Yet without community there is certainly no liberation, no future, only the most vulnerable and temporary armistice between me and my oppression”.

I will leave you with this powerful piece : There is No Hierarchy of Oppression – by Audre Lorde


I’d love to hear your thoughts!

(I wrote this piece before the massacre at Pulse in Orlando, Florida. Now it feels even more appropriate that she be the first Renegade Queen profiled. She spoke to the deep seated problems our country faces: how judgement of people’s differences divides us, creates hate and feeds the fear that tears us apart. )

 

 

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