The Sisters Are Alright

The Sisters Are Alright

Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America

eBook - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
"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"--Provided by publisher.

Ingram Publishing Services
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.

“We have facets like diamonds,” Winfrey Harris writes. “The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling.”


Berret-Koehler Pub
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.”


Publisher: Oakland, CA :, Berrett-Koehler Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781626563520
1626563527
9781626563537
1626563535
9781626563513
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 volume)

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Jul 17, 2017

I was intrigued by this book by the summary but it didn't hold my attention much after the third or fourth page. It is an interesting read but not as I imagined.

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Jan 18, 2017

On "10 Books I Wish My White Teachers Had Read" by Crystal Paul (https://www.bustle.com/articles/153390-10-books-i-wish-my-white-teachers-had-read).

LPL_KateG Sep 05, 2015

This book, written as a radical act of self-love, was a treasure to read. Winfrey-Harris is a powerful, vulnerable, and engaging author.

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