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WomanistBibliophile

Joined March 2018

Reading towards Healing 🦋 I write about books on RaisingMothers.com 📚41/60 • the Free Black Women‘s Library Reading challenge 17/26
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Praise Song for the Butterflies | Bernice L. McFadden
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‘Scars are proof of survival, they shouldn‘t be hidden—it‘s a story someone may need to see in order to believe that beyond their pain and suffering, there is healing.‘

Reading towards healing
#blacklit #womensprize

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I wanted to love this book. The more I heard about it, the more I thought I might love it. But I didn‘t. The writing is excellent, the idea is important—the plotting and the the characterisation of the protagonists lost me.
I know it‘s a super popular book and am keen to hear what you thought about it? Were you absorbed by the story? Did the characters make sense to you?
#blitsy #womensprize

mc916 Oh this was my favorite read for 2018! I loved all the characters, mostly because they were flawed in ways we would never see. Very relevant to what real people are like! 5d
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Compassion 💘

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Life and Death | Andrea Dworkin
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I want you to think about those who have been hurt for the fun, the entertainment, the so-called speech of others; those who have been hurt for profit, for the financial benefit of pimps & entrepreneurs. I want you to remember the perpetrator & to remember the victims: not just tonight but tomorrow & the next day. I want you to find a way to include them in what you do, how you think, how you act, what you care about, what your life means to you.

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NYT reported PTSD was diagnosed in 20-30% of Vietnam vets... PTSD is found in less than 5% of the general population—but it is found in 2/3 of prostituted women. All of these factors have a disproportionately harsher impact on African American women & WoC; African American women are 7% of the US population yet comprise more than 50% of women used in prostitution. Other WoC are also over represented as prostituted women.
Vednita Carter

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Prostitution is about power and control, expressed through sexual violence. Prostitution is about men using women to satisfy their sexual desires, no matter how perverted, degrading, or humiliating... prostitution is not “sex work.” It is not “groovy” or “liberating,” not “unenforced” or “victimless.” Prostitution is based on acute economic inequality: being driven to “choose” prostitution because of poverty is force, is coercion.
Vednita Carter

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Caribbean Heritage month and I‘m rereading my favourite poems from this collection. Olive Senior. Dionne Brand. Lorna Goodison.

Some lines from Ancestral Poem by Olive Senior, that reminds me of Alice Walker speaking of how our ancestors are there for us, to support us in moving beyond where we could go alone without them who know.

My ancestors are nearer
than albums of pictures
I tread on heels thrust
into broken-down slippers

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A commentary on treachery
#caribbeanwriters

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Hills of Hebron | Sylvia Wynter
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Caribbean heritage reads:
The Disappearance by Rosa Guy
Summer Lightning by Olive Senior
Hills of Hebron by Sylvia Wynter

Featuring a glimpse of my haphazardly arranged bookcase 📚

#caribbeanlit #readingwomen

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Crossed my mind what if Luce Irigaray had become the academic du jour instead of Judith Butler? Butler‘s appeal is partly in the difficulty of her writing style and in the obscure way she expresses herself. Well, Luce Irigaray is not easy reading, she makes you think. The lyricism in her writing is beautiful. She examines the philosophers and she creates visions of culture that are unique. Have you read her books? I‘d love to hear if you have! 💗

Weaponxgirl Unfortunately not, but now I‘m interested 4w
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl she‘s quite a prolific writer, I‘ve read a few of her books, still have many more I want to read. Her books do require a deeper level of engagement for me, so my reading of her is slow 3w
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Salt. | Nayyirah Waheed
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u n k n o w n

nayyirah waheed‘s poems remind me of the possibility for felicity

Weaponxgirl That is wonderful 😭 4w
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl yes, so beautiful and moving 💓 It reminds me of Luce Irigaray‘s understanding of the between-two 🌸 4w
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One thing I learned reading this: in 2011 the british government destroyed or hid over a million documents relating the colonial crimes of the british. This is a country that claims to venerate history; museums, historic sites, archives, all dedicated to keeping a record of the past. That the british government can destroy the historical record in this way is revealing. The axe deliberately erasing what the tree remembers.
#blacklit

Bookwomble Theresa May (for it was her policy as Home Secretary under Cameron) destroyed the documents proving the Windrush generations' right to residence, it was Theresa May who introduced the "hostile environment" policy for immigrants, and it was Theresa May as PM who implemented the attack against Windrush citizens. It's such a shameful record ? 1mo
WomanistBibliophile @Bookwomble it would seem she has no shame 😒 sadly I hear people saying they support her more in light of criticisms she‘s received as they think it unfair on her. Some are all too willing to overlook restrictions on the freedoms of Others, believing those restrictions have nothing to do with them or will never befall them. Amnesias! 4w
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How the World Works | Noam Chomsky
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One of the things I appreciate most about Chomsky is how he makes it plain that the circumstances of our time are not incidental, not happenstance, rather deliberate, intended. The injustices faced by the majority of the world‘s people are not isolated failings of the systems we live under, they are the purposeful consequences inherent to the system. The system is working as intended, as planned by the oligarchs & capitalists

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Current library loans. I‘ve had Natives by Akala on hold for a long while and am keen to dive in 💙 have you read it, and if so what were your impressions?
#librarylove

Weaponxgirl I love when library holds come in. I haven‘t read any of those unfortunately 1mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl it‘s such a good feeling of anticipation when I get that notification! 😊 1mo
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Women and Girls Not For Sale! Anti-capitalist comrades, fellow feminists, liberation seekers, Resist! Consent is not for sale. Sex is not a commodity. Women‘s bodies are not objects, nor is the purpose of a woman to service the sexualised cravings of men. Commercialisation is always an exploitation. Why let the capitalists take advantage of the most vulnerable, most intimate, that which should be most autonomous?

#feministreading

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Before the Dawn | Beverly Jenkins
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For when the man-made world of political-ecological catastrophe weighs too heavy... my retreat

#bookretreat #blacklitsy

Chelleo Yes! Love some Ms. Beverly. 1mo
WomanistBibliophile @Chelleo 🙌🏽 I‘m glad she publishes so prolifically! Her latest book looks intriguing too ❤️ 4w
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Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life | Karen Fields, Barbara J. Fields
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Tolerance, generally surrounded by a beatific glow in American political discussion, is another evasion born of the race-racism switch. Its shallowness as a moral or ethical precept is plain. As a political precept, tolerance has unimpeachably anti-democratic credentials, dividing society into persons entitled to claim respect as a right & persons obliged to beg tolerance as a favour. Tolerance as an alternative to equality...

WomanistBibliophile “... is so firmly rooted in good intentions that practitioners fail to recognise the evil.” 1mo
Weaponxgirl That‘s a great quote, thanks for it. I hate the way the oppressed are expected to act to get said tolerance instead of their rights. They are expected to always be the bigger person and not be too angry or intimidating because it will turn some people “off” the message. 1mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl agreed. I‘m forgetting who said it now, no one ever got their rights by appealing to the good nature of their oppressors. The game is rigged and the oppressed can‘t win by playing by the oppressor‘s rules 1mo
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Connecting To Self Through Ancestry by Áníké Bello was the first ARC I‘ve received. I‘m new to this review process & didn‘t expect the sort of books I like to read would ever be sent to me in this way. A sweet surprise. This book is lovely & exactly the sort that I want to read more of: personal, down to earth, rooted in a worldview that is expansive yet relatable. Áníké Bello has such a beautiful approach to learning about both self & history. ?

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Currently reading 🍃

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Springtime 🌸 reading in sunshine, one of life‘s loveliest pleasures 🌞

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Praisesong for the Widow | Paule Marshall
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Astonishing, mesmeric, and beautiful. Praisesong for the Widow is under-rated, I think, and should be more widely read.
💖💖💖💖💖

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The Girl God Trilogy brings together The Girl God, Mother Earth, and Tell Me Why. Each story through an ecofeminist lens shows how the desecration of the female divine leads to the degradation of the female body and how by reconnecting to divinity in female form we begin to heal the damages wrought by patriarchy. Our foremothers and our earth mother hold the knowledge we need now.

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The Heart of the Race: Black Women's Lives in Britain | Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie, Suzanne Scafe
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Most important of all is the fact that it was the blood, sweat and tears of Black women and men which financed and serviced Europe‘s Industrial Revolution, a revolution which laid the basis for Europe‘s subsequent domination and monopoly of the world‘s resources.
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#blacklitsy

Weaponxgirl I love whenever a part of your bookshelf is visible, you always have such interesting books. 2mo
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Does the girl know that the reason that she died in the sea or in a twenty-foot slop pit on a ship named Jesus is because that was her era? Or that some great men thought up her destiny for her as part of a percentage of national growth, or expansion, or manifest destiny, or colonization of a new world? It is awkward to differ from a great man, but Tolstoy was wrong. Kings are not the slaves of history. History is the slave of kings.
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This cover has me longing for summer 🌺🌞🌿
Edit: I picked this book up after *yet another* person—this time a young liberally-minded woman—made an argument to me that rape is “natural” in human males. I disagree! Hunting now for some facts about the evolution of sexuate human behaviours.

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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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“But I want what they have. I want a person to kiss hello.”
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Near-universally relatable sentiment, I should think. The rest of this novel was less so to me. I probably would have liked it more when I was a teenager, but although I still do enjoy some YA, this book was a miss for me. The secondary characters felt underdeveloped and the protagonist too apologetic.

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Weaponxgirl That‘s a powerful quote and something that should be shared more. 2mo
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Baby Brother's Blues | Pearl Cleage
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This novel centres the trope that Black women are the only women who don‘t want our men to protect us. Which belies the fact Black men have been systematically stripped of the means to protect us & have faced systemic emasculation—not at the hands of Black women but of white men. I find also there‘s a recurrence in the novel of the trope of the Black single mother as an overbearing & emasculating figure, her son‘s lies placed as reaction to cont.

WomanistBibliophile Cont. the standards with which she has raised him. Isn‘t that perplexing? Women raise their children with high ethical standards and the grown son‘s refusal to live up to those standards is posited as a consequence? 2mo
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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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Some books I read last month. March was an enjoyable reading month for me... April hasn‘t gotten such a good start. First couple of books have been underwhelming and I‘m yearning for the exhilaration of reading a book that reveals parts of the world I‘ve not seen on the page before.
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#blacklitsy

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The Everlasting Rose | DHONIELLE. CLAYTON
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No Name in the Street | James Baldwin
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It‘s a miracle to realize that somebody loves you.

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The notion that low self esteem results from a lack of intelligence or a failure of intellect is a pernicious one. It‘s also a false & regressive narrative, one that punishes people for their vulnerabilities & sensitivity. Humans are innately connective, we pick up cues from our surroundings as a matter of adaptability & survival. It is no personal failure of intelligence or “agency” to internalise the dominant standards of appearance

Weaponxgirl I agree, it‘s also a great way to shut down the conversation by trying to imply that you are in fact the one who thinks less of people by implying that these images can be damaging. 3mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl you‘re so right, it‘s an attempt to shut off discussions; a kind of gaslighting really, to make people doubt their experiences. 3mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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‘Because all of a sudden, even more people will try to justify what happened to me, and it‘ll get so loud that I may start thinking I deserved it to begin with.‘
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One of the many aspects of this book that I love is the way it looks at victim blaming—the culture of it and the personal impact it has on victims. It‘s so important to be able to empathise and identify with people who are victimised; to fail to do so compounds harm.

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Beautiful cover. Warm-hearted storytelling.
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I must have bought this book third hand 12 years ago. It shows some wear! Unique among all the books I‘ve read this anthology brings together pieces by feminist activists including Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Robin Morgen, Gloria Steinem, and Luisah Teish, all analysing the extensive harms of pornography from a women‘s liberation perspective. Published in 1980, it‘s deeply saddening to see how much worse pornography has become since.

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Angela Davis--an Autobiography | Angela Yvonne Davis
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A solidarity among the poor is what the elites fear most. The categories of race serve the purposes of the elite as they turn peoples against each other, lead the people to believe that their interests are opposed to those of other racial groups, leaving open the possibility of identification with the elites‘ interests. We be many and they be few, they fear us because they need us, our productivity and our acquiescence.

Weaponxgirl This is something I‘m always trying to convey to people. I have this on my tbr, just wish I could read quicker to get to them all sooner. 3mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl yes, I try to convey solidarity isn‘t exhorting the most marginalised to move closer to the least marginalised. I see so often those people with more privilege chastising as divisive those with less for having different perspectives and strategies. But oftentimes the further one is pushed to the margins the more clear one‘s perspective of centralised power becomes 3mo
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Ecofeminism | Vandana Shiva, Maria Mies
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Only connect... Ecofeminist solutions are also synergistic; the organisation of daily life around subsistence fosters food sovereignty, participatory democracy and reciprocity with natural ecosystems.
Ariel Salleh, foreword

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Write! Writing is for you, you are for you; your body is yours, take it.
The laugh of the Medusa
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Angela Davis--an Autobiography | Angela Yvonne Davis
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#IWD has its origins in the early twentieth century women‘s socialist and communist organising. On the women‘s day of 1917 a strike of textile workers precipitated the Russian revolution. Reading Angela Davis‘ Autobiography it‘s fascinating to see the commitment she had to communism as liberatory praxis and her understanding of the necessity for revolution. It heartens me somewhat.
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#womenshistory

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The Living Goddesses | Marija Gimbutas
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Patriarchy is not as old as time. It had a beginning—not too long ago—and this makes its ending all the more possible.
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#womenshistorymonth

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A Miracle Every Day | Marita Golden
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I‘ve never done a giveaway but over on #bookstagram in collaboration with single parenting page On Your Tod I‘m giving away my copy of Marita Golden‘s A Miracle Every Day. If you happen to be a single parent in the uk, check out their page! It‘s really inspiring to see single mothers reaching out to each other and supporting one another through this virtual medium as we‘re navigating the very real realm of single parenting 💞

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Saw @Chelleo did this library tag created by @monalyisha looks so fun!
How many times do you visit the library/wk? 1-3
How many items currently checked out? 8 (see pictured + Angela Davis: An Autobiography and Vashti Harrison‘s Little Leaders x2)
Which formats? 2 children‘s, 1 YA, 5 non-fic
Any overdue? No 😇
Items on hold? 8 (a couple I suspect are missing)
Most impatiently awaiting? Feel Free (I‘m 13th in the queue 🧐)

monalyisha I love Little Leaders! 💖 4mo
WomanistBibliophile @monalyisha I love it too! 3mo
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I do enjoyed reading this and can‘t wait to read Baby Brother‘s Blues!💓 #readingforpleasure #blacklit

Nute I need to read more of this author. 4mo
WomanistBibliophile @Nute her writing combines enough realism to be believable and enough imagination to give one faith. Such a pleasure to read while also giving so much to think about! 4mo
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‘If I dreamed natural dreams of being a natural woman doing what a woman does when she‘s natural I would have a revolution.‘ Fermin Rocker, cover illustration
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bell hooks misreads the position of the consumer as one of power—which might be a comforting belief but it doesn‘t hold true under a capitalist economy.
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Bookwomble The power of the consumer is in the collective influence they can wield, rather than as an individual, and there is a definite power there. It's not a revolutionary power though, as it can't operate outside of the capitalist system. As Audry Lorde said, "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house". [I've given this only a little thought, so am prepared to be schooled ?] 4mo
WomanistBibliophile @Bookwomble hooks conceives of the housewife‘s consumerism as a site power, eg. when she chooses between one laundry detergent and another she exerts some power on the market. However, the consumer‘s “choices” in the market are determined by capital. It‘s an illusion that such choices constitute power over/against capital & a distraction. Misses the point that the production of goods is exploitative & the consumer has no choice in that complicity 4mo
Bookwomble We are certainly trapped within the system - it sure is a rigged game. 4mo
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Ecofeminism | Vandana Shiva, Maria Mies
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Selected February reads. Ecofeminism is one of the best books I‘ve read in life 🙌🏾🖤♥️ I need to read more of Vandana Shiva‘s writing but my local library has not one copy of hers on its catalogue

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Ecofeminism | Vandana Shiva, Maria Mies
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The greatest pressure on earth‘s resources is not from large numbers of poor people but from a small number of the world‘s ever-consuming elite.
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[which is why we are inculcated through propaganda to idolise the rich, to look to them as our saviours, while demonising and ostracising the poor.]
#feministreading

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