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This will be my undoing : living at the intersection of black, female, and feminist in (white) America /

by Jerkins, Morgan [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2018]Edition: First edition.Description: 258 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780062666154; 0062666150.Other title: Living at the intersection of black, female, and feminist in (white) America.Uniform titles: Essays. Selections.Subject(s): African American women -- Economic conditions | African American women -- Social conditions | African Americans -- Economic conditions | African Americans -- Social conditions | Feminists -- United States | Women -- Economic conditions | Women -- Social conditions | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory | Autobiographies | Essays | Autobiographies
Contents:
Monkeys like you -- How to be docile -- The stranger at the carnival -- A hunger for men's eyes -- A lotus for Michelle -- Black girl magic -- Human, not black -- Who will write us? -- How to survive: a manifesto on paranoia and peace -- A black girl like me.
Summary: In her collection of linked essays, Jerkins takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to "be"-- to live as, to exist as-- a black woman today? Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, black women are objectified, silenced, and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle, that are rarely acknowledged in our country's larger discussion about inequality. Jerkins exposes the social, cultural, and historical story of black female oppression that influences the black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</p> <p>One of The Roots' 28 Brilliant Books by Black Authors in 2018</p> <p>"A writer to be reckoned with."-Roxane Gay</p> <p>Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Esquire, Elle, Vogue, Nylon, The Millions, Refinery29, the Huffington Post, Book Riot, Bitch Media, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and Paperback Paris</p> <p>From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins' highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today--perfect for fans of Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me, and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists.</p> <p>Morgan Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn't afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to "be"--to live as, to exist as--a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but it's necessary reading for all Americans.<br> <br> <br> <br> Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, black women are objectified, silenced, and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle, that are rarely acknowledged in our country's larger discussion about inequality. In This Will Be My Undoing, Jerkins becomes both narrator and subject to expose the social, cultural, and historical story of black female oppression that influences the black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large.<br> <br> <br> <br> Whether she's writing about Sailor Moon; Rachel Dolezal; the stigma of therapy; her complex relationship with her own physical body; the pain of dating when men say they don't "see color"; being a black visitor in Russia; the specter of "the fast-tailed girl" and the paradox of black female sexuality; or disabled black women in the context of the "Black Girl Magic" movement, Jerkins is compelling and revelatory.</p> <p> </p>

Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-258).

Monkeys like you -- How to be docile -- The stranger at the carnival -- A hunger for men's eyes -- A lotus for Michelle -- Black girl magic -- Human, not black -- Who will write us? -- How to survive: a manifesto on paranoia and peace -- A black girl like me.

In her collection of linked essays, Jerkins takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to "be"-- to live as, to exist as-- a black woman today? Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, black women are objectified, silenced, and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle, that are rarely acknowledged in our country's larger discussion about inequality. Jerkins exposes the social, cultural, and historical story of black female oppression that influences the black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large.

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Library Journal Review

Jerkins provides a critical view of American culture, similar to Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, which is about the intersection of race and feminism in British culture. Here, the pop culture essayist examines her life as a feminist woman of color while sharing insight on her faith as it relates to contemporary culture. Weaving personal narratives with historical, social, and cultural anecdotes, Jerkins discusses such topics as body image, race identification, fitting in, dating, sexuality, faith, disability, and the Black Girl Magic movement. Each chapter provides insightful, personal, and frank analysis of how several identities can and do overlap with one another; especially being a black women of faith in white America. Jerkins provides awareness into her own complexities-college-educated, black, female, Millennial, feminist-in an attempt to figure out where she fits in and in an effort to uncover the intricacies of her multilayered identity. VERDICT For those interested in a younger perspective on black studies and feminism.-Tiffeni Fontno, Boston Coll. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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