“The ideal supplement for your introductory aging or social gerontology courses, Worlds of Difference, Third Edition, is the only book for undergraduates that addresses the diversity of aging experiences in society by race, gender and social class. “The virtue of this book is that it makes a multicultural, systems of inequality approach to the study of aging accessible to students and it does so by letting people from privileged as well as disadvantaged perspectives speak for themselves”…. Robin Moremen, Northern Illinois University.”
Chapter 18: I Want You Women up North to Know
I Want You Women up North to Know
I want you women up north to know
how those dainty children's dresses you buy at macy's, wannamakers, gimbels,
are dyed in blood, are stitched in wasting flesh,
down in San Antonio, “where sunshine spends the winter.”
I want you women up north to see
the obsequious smile, the salesladies trill “exquisite work, madame, exquisite pleats”
vanish into a bloated face, ordering more dresses, gouging the wages down,
dissolve into maria, ambrosa, catalina, stitching these dresses from dawn to night,
In blood, in wasting flesh.
Catalina Rodriguez, 24,
body shrivelled to a child's at twelve,
catalina rodriguez, last stages of consumption, works for three dollars a week from dawn to midnight.
A fog of pain thickens over her skull, the parching ...