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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 issue—such as personal finances, parenting, sexual harassment, reproductive freedom, incest, depression and addiction, or romantic relationships—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 accunts of how they encountered feminist ideas and are using them now as a guide to living. The essays included reveal how feminist principles affect people’s perceptions of their ability to change themselves and society, because the personal is not always self-evidently political.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. Introduction: African American Feminist Practices
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Part I. Family Values
  2. p. 9
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  1. 1. Mother Work: A Stay-at-Home Mom Advocates Breastfeeding
  2. pp. 11-30
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  1. 2. Bringing Up Daddy: A Black Feminist Fatherhood
  2. pp. 31-49
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  1. 3. Tubes Tied, Child-Free by Choice
  2. pp. 51-70
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  1. Part II. Community Building
  2. p. 72
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  1. 4.
  2. pp. 73-81
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  1. 5. “Sister Outsiders” How the Students and I Came Out
  2. pp. 83-99
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  1. 6. Feminist Compassion: A Gay Man Loving Black Women
  2. pp. 101-112
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  1. 7. Gay, Gray, and a Place to Stay: Living It Up and Out in an RV Park
  2. pp. 113-126
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  1. Part III. Romantic Partnerships
  2. p. 127
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  1. 8. The Second Time Around: Marriage, Black Feminist Style
  2. pp. 129-134
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  1. 9. “Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone”: Why the Feminist I Loved Left Me
  2. pp. 135-150
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  1. 10. When the Hand That Slaps Is Female: Fighting Addiction
  2. pp. 151-171
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  1. Part IV. Healing Practices
  2. pp. 173-173
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  1. 11. Resistance as Recovery: Winning a Sexual Harassment Complaint
  2. pp. 175-188
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  1. 12. Learning to Love the Little Black Boy in Me: Breaking Family Silences, Ending Shame
  2. pp. 189-210
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  1. 13. I Took Back My Dignity: Surviving and Thriving after Incest
  2. pp. 211-225
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  1. 14. Diving Deep and Surfacing: How I Healed from Depression
  2. pp. 227-242
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  1. Part V. Career Dilemmas
  2. pp. 243-243
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  1. 15. Mary Don’t You Weep: A Feminist Nun’s Vocation
  2. pp. 245-257
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  1. 16. Becoming an Entrepreneur
  2. pp. 259-270
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  1. 17. Light on a Dark Path: Self-Discovery among White Women
  2. pp. 271-281
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  1. 18. The Accidental Advocate: Life Coaching as a Feminist Vocation
  2. pp. 283-292
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 293-295
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-303
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438431437
Related ISBN
9781438431413
MARC Record
OCLC
794698965
Pages
313
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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