The master"s tools will never dismantle the master"s house. I would be commenting upon papers dealing with the role of difference within the lives of american women: difference of race, sexuality, class, and age. The absence of these considerations weakens any feminist discussion of the personal and the political. of feminist theory without examining our many differences, and without a significant input from poor women, black and third world women, and lesbians. And yet, i stand here as a black lesbian feminist, having been invited to comment within the only panel at this conference where the input of black feminists and lesbians is represented. What this says about the vision of this conference is sad, in a country where racism, sexism, and homophobia are inseparable. The absence of any consideration of lesbian consciousness or the consciousness of. Third world women leaves a serious gap within this conference and within the papers presented here.