The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey kAnd it was only a few years ago that I realized how many feminist books and books about women s issues omit the issues that plague women of color Even within marginalized groups there are degrees of privilege and that is something that Cottom talks a lot about in here at length among other stirring and relevant topicsCottom is a passionate writer and a capable one Her DNF at 26% I tried repeatedly to get into this book but its not my usualind of book although a good one not for me I have a sleep disorder that nocks right out if I don t find something gripping and even on some that I do so I have to save my reading time for books that I find compelling Thanks for understanding I liked Thick very much and in fact there were essays here that spoke to me for me within
*me the writing *The writing uite affecting Cottom is brash and intense and funny and full of facts That s what was great about the book Her commentary was searing and endlessly supported by facts In this book Cottom talks of what it feels like to be an educated black woman in this America and I gotta tell ya she nocked it out of the park on most of these essays Breakdown hereview spoilerThick This essay lays the foundation Cottom associates writing with fixing your feet It defines her and is her persona which isn t perfect so it must be normalized Cottom goes into detail about her background She is always working and from the South Thick refers to her appearanceweight Thick is also hard headed Black womanhood Some folks like thick Others don t Watch them all In the Name of Beauty Excellent essay in which Cottom makes a case that the concept of beauty is a cultural concept that is at best race based This is a brilliant must read essay Dying to Be Competent Cottom posits
that our roles in society and our perceived competence are dependent upon ourour roles in society and our perceived competence are dependent upon our gender and class than of earned status I think she s right Cottom is so searingly smart It s impossible to paraphrase her essays in an update She exudes intelligence and anger Three essays in and I am very impressedKnow Your Whites Cottom expresses that the election of Donald Trump after Barrack Obama was not a surprise when you Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems know your whites It is provoking and reactive because without progress there is no reason to prefer the lack of progress Similarly what is a white republic for white citizens and in defense of white property if there is not a dark threatBlack Is Over Or Special Black Cottom takes aim at how blacks in elite circles treat other blacks A strange place where as a dark skinned black she is constantly asked whatind of black is she The distinctions are class education skin shade black from other countries which she must be because she is an intelligent black Graduate student etc aka hierarchies within the black communityThe Price of Fabulousness Cottom talks of poor black women and the stigma they encounterBlack Girlhood Interrupted Cottom looks at the childhood for black girls Depressing because it rings true objectification and Girl 6 Cottom ponders the nature of black women in the intelligentsia aka oped writers Opinions and ability to i Without a doubt the best book I have read in 2019 thus far Thick And Other Essays is thick with wit intelligence and an assured self awareness Tressie McMillan Cottom addresses many topics within the realm of black womanhood including beauty standards and whiteness ethnic differences within the black community socioeconomic class and assimilating into capitalism and I loved how she always took her analysis one step further like in her essay about beauty how she refutes the neoliberal idea that we are all beautiful and she instead asserts that we should uestion why we value beauty and who profits from determining what we consider beautiful She applies this insight to an expanse of subjects including how black women do not get positions at high prestige publications in which she analyzes David Brooks s Twitter follows to highlight how few people in positions of power listen to black womenRecommended to everyone and also fans of Roxane Gay Brittney Cooper and Rebecca Solnit McMillan Cottom has a distinct voice and she integrates her personal life with her societal analysis in powerful ways in this collection The heartbreaking content she reveals in Dying to be Competent literally made me pause and take a breath because of the skill and poignancy in which she intertwines her personal loss with greater stereotypes and discrimination against black women I look forward to reading of her work and I hope you all give this book a read. Se very shelves a modern black American female voice waxing poetic on self and society serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms in a style uniuely her ownMcMillan Cottom has crafted a black woman‚Äôs cultural bible as she mines for meaning in places many of us miss and reveals precisely how when you‚Äôre in the thick of it the political the social and the personal are almost always one and the sa.
Tressie McMillan Cottom Í 9 DownloadTressie McMillan Cottom s essay collection Thick And Other Essays is thick
In Every Sense Ofevery sense of word This book is thick with wit and depth and intelligence as McMillan Cottom tackles black womanhood contextualizing whiteness beauty in a capitalist society class mobility and much She engages in fascinating ways with the forces that bear down upon her from her subject position in prose that effortlessly blends the personal with the theoretical She articulates a black woman s work and importantly a black woman s worth in a society determined to devalue her To say this collection is transgressive provocative and br Thick If that
isn t an apt title for this collection I don tt an apt title for this collection than I don t what is because this is a book Not thick in the amount of pages but absolutely full of relevant and necessary information It isn t curing cancer or solving climate change But it is giving a voice and analytical eye to the way we treat judge measure love hate and depict Black women I new after the very first essay in this collection that I was willing to analyze and absorb everything that Cottom had to write And write she did absolutely beautifully As a Black woman I have been making it a point to not only think critically about my own situation and positioning in this disturbing time in our history but to also think critically about the experiences of other Black women I see Cottom doing the same thing in this collection but in a way so composed that I could never imagine myself capable Each of these essays take a measured look at the relationship that Black women have to different aspects of society whether it is our relationship to beauty education other ethnicities the evolving concept of being Black sexual abuse medical care These are all issues that need to be discussed because Black women are losing opportunities losing their lives and losing our patience because of how we are perceived In Cottom s than capable hands these issues are dissected and her opinions made clear for readers to obtain Now while I enjoyed this book I can tell you right now that some may find it intimidating They may feel how thick it is and shy away from it or reject it But for those willing to actually consider what she is saying they ll be hard pressed to find lies Everything Cottom discusses holds a substantial amount of weight especially in todays society I found myself fully engaged in the essays And as thick as this book is it is a relatively easy read None of these essays are too long or abstract It s simply the language she uses is descriptive and at times analytical I would highly recommend this book I think Cottom is able to put into words the concern that we should all have while existing in this political climate Even though parts of what she is saying may be painful or hit a sensitive spot for some Black women it s all well done and really well reasoned I give this book 45 out of 5 starsThank you Netgalley for this book in exchange for an honest review Recently an incoherent commenter accused me of being a typical Karen for writing a negative review of Little Fires Everywhere and although I ll reserve the right not to be called a Karen for disliking a tedious Jodi Picoult nockoff the fact is that I probably am a Karen in some ways I m a white woman in a racist society how could I not be We white people no matter how much we educate ourselves no matter how much activism we engage in we all have blind spots And while all types of antiracist books are important the books I m most looking for now are the ones that point out my blind spots to me Thick is one of those books I m still processing a lot of it so I won t provide too many specifics here but as an example Thick made me see that The Beauty Myth an important book of third wave feminism is if not actually racist than at the very least peak white feminism Now that it s been pointed out to me this is so obvious it s embarrassing As a feminist who has always tried to be active in social justice causes in one way or another I ve been trying to figure out what I can do to be a better ally and books like Thick are exactly what I need right now This book delves into a lot of complex issues but I want to add that it s also funny and a pleasure to read Recommended Instagram Twitter Facebook Pinterest This is a really excellent collection of essays written by a black woman on issues that matter for both women and people of color Better yet she gives the why behind why she feels that these issues matter and better still I liked her whys Intersectionality is so important. About this thing we call society In the bestselling tradition of bell hooks and Roxane Gay McMillan Cottom‚Äôs freshman collection illuminates a particular trait of her tribe being thick In form and in substanceThis bold compendium likely to find its place on shelves alongside Lindy West Rebecca Solnit and Maggie Nelson dissects everything from beauty to Obama to pumpkin spice lattes Yet Thick will also fill a void on tho. .
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for NonfictionNonfiction 2019This was dense and super interesting Tressie McMillan Cottom a professor of sociology and public intellectual about the black female experience in postmodern America and she offers a sharp analysis of various complex phenomena that affect her and many other black women In eight essays she tackles topics such as the capitalist logic of beauty the election of Trump the vulnerability of black girls and women the concept of whiteness and classism By doing so she*2019this was dense *was dense super interesting Tressie McMillan Cottom a professor of sociology and public intellectual
Describes A Whole Web Ofa whole web of and systemic barriers designed to hold black women back and to take away their agency when it comes to determining who they are and what they now about the world and even themselves Full disclosure I hadn t heard of Tressie McMillan Cottom before the NBA longlist was announced to my defense I m not American and I m glad that the judges pointed her work out to me Highly recommended And here s the author talking about Thick with the eually wonderful Trevor Noah Yooooooo Tressie Tressie Tressie SIS SISSSSS This whole book rocked my entire world and like just got all up in my feelings and my mind and honestly it just hit me like a ton of bricks There s so much important stuff here I m going to buy a copy for my sister in law because I think she should read it My highlights are all up on this post So many highlighted segments of just straight pure truths Highlights include Know Your Whites no matter how much I love The Obamas and I LOVE THE OBAMAS I live for scholarly people reading The Obama Administration for their lack of real world change to everyday practices and policies that see black and brown people in the States systematically discriminated against and held back I love that TMC goes for the jugular with her comments re my first black presidentwho apparently doesn t now his Whites Dying to be Competent I mean this is my fear around childbirth and fighting for proper medical treatment Fuck if I m honest Tressie detailed in this segment my current lived experience and rage right now surrounding my treatment from my doctor whom I just changed last month after being his patient since childhood Real talks that motherfucker wasn t listening to my health concerns and I ain t trying to die WHY are black women dying and not being listened to surrounding our own healthcare Why is this exacerbated if it s a fat black female body Child Tressie jumped right the fuck up in there and broke that shit down play by play I was here for it Two highlights real talks the WHOLE BOOK is a highlight but two points that caught me up was one in Black Is Over the term diversity really does eual black in higher education settings doesn t it Biiiish I be learning every day and what I m learning is that things are just as I suspected they are and I m not crazy THANK YOU Tressie for pointing out the fact that black women are not crazy and that certain words are euphemisms for other fucking words SIS Thank you for recentering my sanity Black Girl Interrupted Thank you for writing this and sharing this I just you now the whole concept of being fast in high school the fact that our value worthiness safety as black women are generally discarded by everyone who is not us and commonly by those who look like us well I m just sad that we live this and my soul burns but I can never get to the point where I could state how I feel as elouently as you and Brittney Cooper and Morgan Jerkins have stated and clarified in your works and I thank all those black women and Tressie in this section and Girl 6 for clearly clarifying those emotions for the masses Yo this book was worth the wait I loved every second of it and I m certain that I will be reading it again and again and sharing it with many black women and allies as something that can illustrate our realities in this world Gritty smart original Thick is a powerful collection of essays on race and womanhood especially Black womanhood and the many injustices heaped upon Black women Tressie McMillan Cottom shares intimate details of her own life and covers a broad spectrum about her thoughts on racism and white superiority and what is wrong with America today It is a collection I both enjoyed and found enlightening The voices of Black women are the least heard in America and as Ms Cottom illlustrates there is much wisdom and insight to be gleaned by actually and finally listening to Black women Listen and learn and learn to be better This is a book I think Black women will relate to most and a book white people need to read. Smart humorous and strikingly original thoughts on race beauty money and by one of today's most intrepid public intellectualsTressie McMillan Cottom the writer professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed now brilliantly shifts gears from running regression analyses on college data to unleashing another identity a purveyor of wit wisdom and of course Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is so very wrong.