This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

By Morgan Jerkins
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Morgan Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’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 “be”—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but it’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 country’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 she’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 don’t “see color,” being a black visitor in Russia, the specter of “the fast-tailed girl” and the paradox of black female sexuality, or disabled black women in the context of the Black Girl Magic movement, Jerkins is compelling and revelatory.

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Summary

Summary

Morgan Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’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 “be”—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but it’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 country’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 she’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 don’t “see color,” being a black visitor in Russia, the specter of “the fast-tailed girl” and the paradox of black female sexuality, or disabled black women in the context of the Black Girl Magic movement, Jerkins is compelling and revelatory.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A writer to be reckoned with.” Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author
“Jerkins’s debut collection of essays forces readers to reckon with the humanity black women have consistently been denied…Personal, inviting, and fearless as she explores the racism and sexism black women face in America…[A] gorgeous and powerful collection.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Jerkins provides awareness into her own complexities—college-educated, black, female, Millennial, feminist—in an attempt to figure out where she fits in and in an effort to uncover the intricacies of her multilayered identity.” Library Journal
“Jerkins’ forthright examination of her own experiences leads to a triumphant reclaiming of blackness in all its power.” Booklist
“In the provocative essays collected in her first book, Jerkins meditates on how it feels to be a black woman in the United States today…Reveals complicated, messily human responses to knotty problems. Never intended as the final word on the black female experience in America today, it uncovers the effect of social forces on one perceptive young woman.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins is a twenty-something-year-old living and writing in New York. She graduated from Princeton with an AB in comparative literature, specializing in nineteenth-century Russian and modern Japanese literature, and has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Jenkins is currently a contributing editor at Catapult and a Book of the Month judge. She has also written for Vogue, the Atlantic, Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, the Guardian, andthe New York Times, among many others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English