By Elena Garcés
Girls bring themselves from subjugation through convalescing their voices, by means of instructing themselves, and by way of talking out, in unison, opposed to forces that experience saved them lower than heel. The scope of Colombian girls: The fight Out of Silence is either own and international: own to the interviewees and to Elena GarcZs herself, as she tells her personal tale; and worldwide, in that many positive factors of the patriarchy and its disorder expand well past the borders of Colombia.
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Theory does not only explain facts, it also describes reality” (Marks and de Courtivron 1981: 213). The analysis and criticism of reality are tools for a politics of change (see Gutting 1990). ” Important matters that concern women’s lives are not to be kept unanswered, or superficially handled. Radical feminism delves into women’s problems, questions, and doubts to find appropriate theoretical answers. For French feminists Elaine Marks and Isabelle de Courtivron (1981: xi), “a radical feminist .
For every one of the interviewees, being female presented obstacles. Prominently, having female bodies led to “special treatment” that handicapped the interviewees, one way or another, as children or adults in relationships with others, and with social groups and with politics. The women’s standpoint11 and our respective explanations forged an understanding of what it means to be female in Colombia. My research has sought to contribute to a feminist epistemology (theory of knowledge) regarding the world that can be constructed within specific cultural contexts (Reinharz 1983: 170).
At fifteen, she considers marriage (secretly, perhaps because she is afraid of her mother), but catches the man with 30 } Chapter Two another woman. Later, she is tempted by “a love relationship” when she works for my grandmother. But a friend warns her of the duplicity of men: “They lie. ” Everything in Aleja’s life bears out the truth of this warning: her two romantic experiences and what she witnessed at home. She acknowledges her father’s infidelity as a reason for her not marrying and admits that he was also “rude” to her mother.