African Americans Doing Feminism

African Americans Doing Feminism

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African American women and men share their stories of how feminism has influenced their daily lives. How might ordinary people apply feminist principles to everyday situations? How do feminist ideas affect the daily behaviors and decisions of those who seek to live out the basic idea that women are as fully human as men? This collection of essays uses concrete examples to illuminate the ways in which African Americans practice feminism on a day-to-day basis. Demonstrating real-life situations of feminism in action, each essay tackles an issuea€”such as personal finances, parenting, sexual harassment, reproductive freedom, incest, depression and addiction, or romantic relationshipsa€”and articulates a feminist approach to engaging with the problem or concern. Contributors include African American scholars, artists, activists, and business professionals who offer personal accounts of how they encountered feminist ideas and are using them now as a guide to living. The essays reveal how feminist principles affect peoplea€™s perceptions of their ability to change themselves and society, because the personal is not always self-evidently political. a€œIf a€b you seek a book that will touch you on a personal level, that will provoke you to examine your own perspective, and that will likely stimulate new research questions, pick up a copy of Whitea€™s book. You will be introduced to a group of people who dona€™t have to think about begin feminist; they simply live it every day.a€ a€” PsycCRITIQUES This collection of first-person narratives provides much-needed examples of the concrete ways in which contemporary African Americans, both women and men, live by feminist principles, not just as beliefs or theories but by their actions in concrete situations. It contributes to the continued development of feminist theory in practice, grounding it in the diverse experiences of self-identified African American feminists.a€ a€” a€œThe topic of thinking about feminism and feminist theory as functional is very important: students often want to know more about how they can put feminist thinking and politics into action. Having concrete, lived examples of how various people have done so is a real contribution to the field.a€ a€” Vivian M. May, author of Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist: A Critical IntroductionIt has been cruel to us in the past and it is often unjust to us now, but is my country after all, a€ I said aloud.3 That was 1979, only ... Had the dean detected that it was my husband, Ed, who wrote the essay that convinced admissions that I was the nursing student they were looking for? ... Ia#39;d been an instructional aide for middle-school kids with special education needs, and that was my first love, but it wouldanbsp;...

Title:African Americans Doing Feminism
Author:Aaronette M. White
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2010-05-04


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