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-imaginary/Reading Antonia Castañeda’s “Sexual Violence in the Politics and Policies of Conquest,”Emma Perez’s “Speaking from the Margin: Uninvited Discourse on Sexuality and Power,” Gloria Anzaldúa’s poem “We Called Them Greasers,”Sandra Cisneros’s “One Holy Night” and watching Ursula Biemann’s documentary “Performing the Border” astounds me. With regard to the readings, perhaps because I was too anxious about passing comps and getting through over 150 texts in a matter of months, the magnitude ofCastaneda’s and Emma’s theorizations made more of an impact on me now than my first read. Actually, that’s only a partial truth. Since comps, I’ve had two friends die from the result of domestic violence, and I’ve learned some things about my heritage that have made this topic resonate on a personal level. This isn’t Oprah, so I won’t get into personaldetails. This is an academic blog. With that, I want to commend my Chicana sisters, Antonia and Emma, for challenging (his)tories and male-driven theories to make a space for the issue of Chicanas and sexual violence in their field.What impresses me most about Antonia Castañeda’s work is how she gives us what amounts to a “psychology” behind the history of violent conquest. Why is it that rape prevailed despite efforts by California politicos in the 18th century to end sexual violenceagainst Amerindian women? Castañeda asks. She takes no prisoners and holds patriarchal societies set on conquering land and people responsible for the gendered atrocities committed then and now. For Castañeda the “policies of rape [are] fixed in the history of war, expansion and conquest” and “in the context of war and conquest, rape has been considered a legitimate form of oppression.” She makes a valid point considering men, in the act of war and conquest, are ruled and fueled by greed, taking from the Other no matter the cost. Rape was/is a way (a policy) of assuring the success ofthe conquers via the bodily domination of women that results in the corruption of the conquered’s society and culture. As Castaneda writes, “sexual violation of women