From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan JerkinsA?? 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 todayA??perfect for fans of Roxane GayA??s Bad Feminist, Rebecca SolnitA??s Men Explain Things to Me, and Chimamanda Ngozie AdichieA??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 isnA??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 A??beA?A??to live as, to exist asA??a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but itA??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 countryA??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 sheA??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 donA??t A??see colorA?; being a black visitor in Russia; the specter of A??the fast-tailed girlA? and the paradox of black female sexuality; or disabled black women in the context of the A??Black Girl MagicA? movement, Jerkins is compelling and revelatory.