In the Poem called "Hanging Fire" by Audre Lorde displays femininity and masculinity to describe how she is being downgraded as women of color and uses death to convey how much time she has left to internalize the minds of others to the situation of sexism. The character in the poem tries out for the math team and gets shut down. "Nobody even stops to think about my side of it. I should have been on Math Team my marks were better than his." The fourteen year old is seeing something wrong in her environment that the best person was not picked for the job. She is realizing that her gender is affected by the choice of the Math Team. Life is going to be hard even if you have the credentials and more to get the opportunity that you felt you deserve. As woman you have to work 10 times harder in any field you want to work in and but the sweat and tears in anything you are working on to not let the man uses his card. The author explains the protagonist's appearance and why the character is oppose of her braces and many other things. "Why do I have to be the one wearing braces. I have nothing to wear tomorrow. Will I live long enough to grow up and momma's in the bedroom with the door closed." Teen girls are always wanting to change something and change what they look like to please the opposite sex to give. When the character is picking on her braces and wondering what she is going to wear the next day it's to get reaction out of someone. So she uses death to explain if she dies today or the next day she has anything to prove her life was worth living. Her challenges was full of men and boys telling her she can't have this because you are x and y. If she dies today she will have issues that needed to be solved for the better good in the community of girl power. Every time she was downgrades by her appearance or does may not say something when she believes she is right it betters mankind not womankind. It makes one women or girl less confident to prove what they are made out of to dominate mankind to womankind.