Tag: silencing women

Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine (2020): Fact-Checking and Footnoting Her Own Pain

This book was hard to read. It is full of raw pain. I so appreciate Rankine’s willingness to expose her vulnerability. I am struck by how hurtful it is for a black woman to live in the culture of the United States. She is brave to expose herself this way. Rankine, a professor at Yale teaching classes on the history of whiteness in the U.S. wonders one day,  “What it would mean to ask random white men how they understood their privilege. . . . I found myself falling into easy banter with all kinds of strangers except white...

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Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly (Published in 2018)

Reading the book Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly made me so angry! At the beginning of each chapter as Chemaly introduced an issue that women are angry about, I thought “That’s not me,” but by the end of that same chapter, after reading the descriptions of women’s experiences backed up by facts and statistics, I was engulfed by rage and anger. Chapter after chapter, reading about all the ways women are angry and why they are angry, I became more and more angry. I have spent a lot of time with my anger, reading and even writing about...

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