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This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

Written by Morgan Jerkins

Narrated by Morgan Jerkins


This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

Written by Morgan Jerkins

Narrated by Morgan Jerkins

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4/5 (149 ratings)
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7 hours
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Released:
Jan 30, 2018
ISBN:
9780062799395
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Description

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins' highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today—perfect for fans of Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me, and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists.

Morgan Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn't afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to "be"—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but it's necessary reading for all Americans.

Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, black women are objectified, silenced, and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle, that are rarely acknowledged in our country's larger discussion about inequality. In This Will Be My Undoing, Jerkins becomes both narrator and subject to expose the social, cultural, and historical story of black female oppression that influences the black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large.

Whether she's writing about Sailor Moon; Rachel Dolezal; the stigma of therapy; her complex relationship with her own physical body; the pain of dating when men say they don't "see color"; being a black visitor in Russia; the specter of "the fast-tailed girl" and the paradox of black female sexuality; or disabled black women in the context of the "Black Girl Magic" movement, Jerkins is compelling and revelatory.

Publisher:
Released:
Jan 30, 2018
ISBN:
9780062799395
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Morgan Jerkins is the author of Wandering in Strange Lands and the New York Times bestseller This Will Be My Undoing and a Senior Culture Editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated. Jerkins is a visiting professor at Columbia University and a Forbes 30 Under 30 leader in media, and her short-form work has been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Elle, Esquire, and the Guardian, among many other outlets. She is based in Harlem. 



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  • (4/5)
    Great and powerful writing about being a black woman in America.
  • (4/5)
    This is likely the best memoir/exploration of intersectionality that I have encountered. Well-written and fiercely articulated, the author delves into her experience of race, sex and feminism as a black woman. She crafts a good criticism of mainstream feminism (it's more than a little white) and provides a gut-wrenching view of what it's like to grow up as a black woman in America. This is definitely a book more people need to read and it particularly speaks to the era we are currently experiencing as a nation.
  • (4/5)
    An easy read, which is kind of surprising when you consider the content. She easily could have clubbed you over the head with truth, but her wit and humor do a much better job of hitting home. It does exactly what a good memoir should -- open you up to a new perspective.
  • (5/5)
    Memoirs and essays are my absolute favorite genre, and this collection was no letdown. As a white woman in the current climate, I've made a commitment to seek to read, see, and listen more to works produced by people of color, especially women of color, to hear their stories and experiences. Funny, truthful, uncomfortable, and enlightening all at once, Morgan Jerkins has unapologetically shined a light onto her experiences with race, gender, and its ideology in present-day America.
  • (5/5)
    I received an ARC of this book free through the LTER program.This book is a magnificently-written scream of rage and fury. It's honest and sometimes funny and I read it in one sitting. Everyone should read this book; I hope it becomes super-successful. It lays out Jerkins's doubts and inconsistencies along with a sure and unwavering uplift for other Black women.Jerkins ties together the personal with the systemic, the historical with the extremely current moment. It's so quotable that I stopped even trying to keep track of all the sentences I wanted to quote in this review. If you need a gift for a young person of any race or gender (especially a young Black woman) going out into the world this spring or summer, please give this book.
  • (5/5)
    I found this collection of essays eye opening and important in understanding the black woman experience. She writes about her teenage years and trying to fit herself into white expectations and the racism involved in the way her body was (is) perceived. She writes about Michelle Obama, Beyonce and her personal experience living abroad. I liked every one of these essays and feel a little more aware after reading them. I received this book from a LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaway.