I found Haraway's discussion of Chela Sandoval's theories of 'oppositional consciousness' and the woman of colour very interesting. Haraway talks about how 'women of color' is a name that "constructs a kind of postmodernist identity out of otherness, difference, and specificity" (155). In this article, Haraway discusses largely about how boundaries between categories are being blurred and transgressed in the postmodern society. Therefore, I understood his view of 'women of color' as one which has very blurry distinctions. This is exactly how he sees Sandoval's description, which is apparent when he points out how "Sandoval emphasizes the lack of any essential criterion for identifying who is a woman of colour." Rather, the definition of this group has been determined by a "conscious appropriation of negation" (156).
This "conscious appropriation of negation" is the concept that confused me. Could someone clear up what he meant by this term?