“A brilliant deconstruction of the social expectations and struggles of black femininity…”
– Essence magazine
“A brilliant deconstruction of the social expectations and struggles of black femininity…” – Essence magazine
The Sisters are Alright:
Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America:
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 American 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 they were joined by the Matriarch, the willfully unmarried baby machine, leeching off the state. 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 like marriage, motherhood, health, sexuality, beauty, and more. And, using progressive author analysis brought to life by the stories of real women, 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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