Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger-these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens. Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others, and even themselves, that they do not need help. But as a result, the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized.
In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women's political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen is an examination of how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. Harris-Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as citizens links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States.
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Outstanding Book: Awful Recording
This is a fantastic book. It's got great content. I measure the book at A+ all the way. The audiobook, however is awful. It's terrible, horrible, no good and very bad. The reader's style is unbearable. It's feels like a needle slowly through the eye. It doesn't get any better. I wish I hadn't purchased this. I wish I had heard a clip of it before I purchased it. Unless you are hard of hearing or don't easily comprehend things when you hear them, then do not purchase this audio book. Just buy the book. It's a shame too. This book is a fantastic book. It's too good to be ruined by such a horrible reading.