Book DescriptionGOLD MEDALIST OF FOREWORD REVIEWS' 2015 INDIEFAB AWARDS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
What's wrong with black women? Not a damned thing!
The Sisters Are Alright exposes anti–black-woman propaganda and shows how real black women are pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves.
When African women arrived on American shores, the three-headed hydra—servile Mammy, angry Sapphire, and lascivious Jezebel—followed close behind. In the '60s, the Matriarch, the willfully unmarried baby machine leeching off the state, joined them. These stereotypes persist to this day through newspaper headlines, Sunday sermons, social media memes, cable punditry, government policies, and hit song lyrics. Emancipation may have happened more than 150 years ago, but America still won't let a sister be free from this coven of caricatures.
Tamara Winfrey Harris delves into marriage, motherhood, health, sexuality, beauty, and more, taking sharp aim at pervasive stereotypes about black women. She counters warped prejudices with the straight-up truth about being a black woman in America. “We have facets like diamonds,” she writes. “The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling.”
Table of Contents
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Introduction: The Trouble with Black Women
- 1 Beauty: Pretty for a Black Girl
- 2 Sex: Bump and Grind
- 3 Marriage: Witches, Thornbacks, and Sapphires
- 4 Motherhood: Between Mammy and a Hard Place
- 5 Anger: Twist and Shout
- 6 Strength: Precious Mettle
- 7 Health: Fat, Sick, and Crazy
- Epilogue: The Sisters Are Alright
- About the Author
- Title: The Sisters Are Alright
- Release date: July 2015
- Publisher(s): Berrett-Koehler Publishers
- ISBN: 9781626563537