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Cherry Smiley

No Sacred, Not Squaws: Indigenous Feminism Redefined

Cherry Smiley analyses colonization and proposes a decolonized feminism enlivened by Indigenous feminist theory.
Building on the work of grassroots radical feminist theorists, Cherry Smiley outlines a female-centered theory of colonization and describes the historical and contemporary landscape in which male violence against Indigenous women in Canada and New Zealand is the norm. She calls out ‘sex work’ as a patriarchal colonizing practice and a form of male violence against women.
This book is a refreshing feminist contemporary challenge to the patriarchal ideology that governs our world and a vigorous and irreverent defence against the attempts to silence Indigenous radical feminists.

Cherry Smiley, PhD, is a radical feminist artist from the Nlaka’pamux and Diné Nations. She has worked to expose missing and murdered Indigenous women and with survivors of the prostitution industry. She has written for the Globe & Mail.

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