In the seventies and eighties, the Chicano movement was in full effect. However, this movement only seemed to better the Chicano men, and not so much the Chicana women. The Chicana women decided to have a movement of their own, the Chicana feminist movement.
During the seventies, women of color (Chicanas, Blacks, Asians) wanted to become involved in the feminist movement and help to create a better reputation and earn respect amongst men and white women of power. This didn’t go over very well. The feminists viewed the Chicana feminist movement as radical and too extreme due to the sexual preference of many Chicana feminist movement members. Because the Chicana feminist movement members were lesbian, the feminists viewed them as an extreme deviation of feminism. The feminists were just anti-male and not lesbian, and due to the Chicana feminists being lesbians, lesbian and feminist were often used interchangeably. It was hard for people to accept that they were lesbian because the Chicanas were viewed as good house wives and mothers before (Chicana/o P.216-217).
The feminists and lesbians saw the criticisms and resistance was due to sexism and Machismo. The Chicana feminists and lesbians decided that to bring a stop to this discrimination, they needed to bring an end to male domination. To reverse their gender roles, and attain equal opportunities, feminists agreed that both Chicano men and Chicana women had to address the issue of gender inequality and resolve it (Chicana/o P.217).
Also in the seventies, the nationalist movement, or the white feminist movement, came into play. The Chicana feminist movement saw the white feminist movement as a possible coalition, seeing as how the Chicana feminists were turned down by the Chicano movement. The Chicana feminist movement and the white feminist movement shared many common factors to why they were fighting. Some Chicana feminists admitted to sharing some of the demands...
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