In How to Tame a Wild Tongue, Gloria Anzalda says, I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpents tongue my womans voice, my sexual voice, my poets voice (31). Anzalda speaks about having her voice, not a single, authentic voice, but one she names in these terms: Indian, Spanish, white; woman, lesbian, poet. What is voice as defined by this chapter? Where does it come from? How does owning voice equate to an owning of ourselves, rendering legitimate the voices and selves the white standard bastardizes and censures?
In a 1-2 page response, address these issues by marking/quoting passages that you think best represent Anzaldas voices and then examining them. Using these passages as your They Say, respond in turn by discussing how these voices are different from one another and different from a standard voice, as Anzalda defines a standard voice. With ample metacommentary to help clarify your interpretation/analysis of each passage you identify, also be reminded to use smart transitions to help connect each section of your response as you work through the prompt.