The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America (UK Professional General Reference)

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9781626563513: The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America (UK Professional General Reference)
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It is hard to name a group more caricatured, othered, publicly dissected, and persistently defined by their challenges than black women. So what is wrong with us ? Not a damned thing, says Tamara Winfrey Harris. She takes aim at negative propaganda about black women, replacing warped biases with the straight-up truth the complicated but far from hopeless reality of being a black woman in America. When African American women arrived on American shores, the three-headed hydra of Mammy, Sapphire, and Jezebel followed close behind. Variations of these controlling images of black women as asexual and servile, angry and bestial, or oversexed and lascivious obscure the humanity of black women and are at the root of the mythology used to justify their continued oppression. The Sisters Are Alright plumbs the devastating effects of the negative perception of black women in areas such as marriage, career, motherhood, health, sexuality, beauty, and more including the disorienting psychic impact on women of being constantly confronted with images of themselves they scarcely recognize. But throughout, Winfrey Harris shows how real black women are pushing back against these distorted cartoon versions of themselves and asserting the far more positive and grossly under unreported truth of the black female experience."

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What is wrong with black women?

Not a damned thing but the biased lens most people use to view them, says Tamara Winfrey Harris.

When African women arrived on American shores, the three-headed hydra of asexual and servile Mammy, angry and bestial Sapphire, and oversexed and lascivious Jezebel followed close behind. In the ’60s, the Matriarch, the willfully unmarried baby machine leeching off the state, joined them. These caricatures persist—even in the “enlightened” 21st century—through newspaper headlines, Sunday sermons, social media memes, cable punditry, government policies, and Top 40 lyrics.

The Sisters Are Alright delves into areas such as marriage, motherhood, health, sexuality, beauty, and more. And using progressive author analysis brought to life by the stories of real women, it reveals the effects of anti–black woman propaganda and how real black women are living their lives and pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves.

The book takes sharp aim at pervasive stereotypes about black women, replacing warped prejudices with the straight-up truth—the complicated but far-from-hopeless reality of being a black woman in America.

“We have facets like diamonds,” Winfrey Harris writes. “The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling.”

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Verlag: Mcgraw-Hill Education Ltd Jun 2015 (2015)
ISBN 10: 1626563519 ISBN 13: 9781626563513
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Buchbeschreibung Mcgraw-Hill Education Ltd Jun 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 228x151x15 mm. Neuware - What is wrong with black women 168 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781626563513

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