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The sisters are alright : changing the broken narrative of black women in America

Author: Tamara Winfrey Harris
Publisher: Oakland, California : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015.
Series: BK currents book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Everyone seems to have an opinion about American black women--they need to get married, change their hair, act like 'ladies,' and so on. Celebrated writer Tamara Winfrey Harris writes a searing account of being a black woman in America and explains why it's time for black women to speak for themselves."--Publisher information.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tamara Winfrey Harris
ISBN: 9781626563513 1626563519
OCLC Number: 892890571
Description: xiii, 147 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: The trouble with black women --
Beauty : pretty for a black girl --
Sex : bump and grind --
Marriage : witches, thornbacks, and Sapphires --
Motherhood : between Mammy and a hard place --
Anger : twist and shout --
Strength : precious mettle --
Health : fat, sick, and crazy --
Epilogue: The sisters are alright.
Series Title: BK currents book.
Responsibility: Tamara Winfrey Harris.

Abstract:

"Everyone seems to have an opinion about American black women--they need to get married, change their hair, act like 'ladies,' and so on. Celebrated writer Tamara Winfrey Harris writes a searing account of being a black woman in America and explains why it's time for black women to speak for themselves."--Publisher information.

"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." -- Publisher's description

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