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Audre Lorde is a much-revered figure within black queer studies. Her theorization of the erotic is often used to articulate a mode of solidarity in which people from disparate backgrounds can come together to combat oppression. While this use of Lorde’s work has been politically salient, Amber Jamilla Musser refocuses our attention on Lorde’s identity politics. In the essay, she asks how Lorde’s claiming of the labels lesbian, feminist, mother, and poet shifts our understanding of the erotic in order to grapple more fully with the legacy that black lesbian feminism has left to queer studies. In particular, Musser argues that Lorde’s identity politics rescript the place of the mother and lesbian sex within black queer studies. Lorde theorizes both together as an important sphere of political action, thereby enlarging genealogies of black lesbian feminism and providing new avenues with which to think queer theory.

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