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WomanistBibliophile

Joined March 2018

Reading towards Healing 🦋 I write about books on RaisingMothers.com 📚60/60 • the Free Black Women‘s Library Reading challenge 22/26
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The therapist might connect the client to forms of resistance that might not be valued, acknowledged or noticed by them or those around them. The conversation might also highlight “non-actions” (such as thoughts and feelings) that are actually actions in the service of resistance. Thus the client comes to see that what they did and did not do in response to abuse and/or oppression was in fact meaningful rather than meaningless.

#selfcare

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Currently checked out from the library:
Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker
Slay in Your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Acevedo (quite enjoying this so far, although I‘m clearly older than the intended reader!)
Mindfulness as Medicine by Sister Dang Nghiem

#lovelibraries

SW-T Nice stack! Happy reading 😊 3w
WomanistBibliophile @SW-T thank you! 😊 3w
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ain‘t no apologies keeping us alive

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#blackwomanbibliophile readings for the Free Black Women‘s Library challenge

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We are a species with amnesia. ... But messages still reach us from the deep and distant past in the words of the Sages, in the deeds of the magicians, and in the mighty memorials that they left behind to awaken us at the time of the Great Return.

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Tempest | Beverly Jenkins
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Not-so-guilty pleasures... felt like I‘ve been needing a break for a while now (ummm, years now) so took a day off work for a weekend away in the city and brought this with me for some light reading 💗 #joy

Nute Take care, Cara! There is nothing wrong about realizing when comfort, relaxation and peace are needed. I wish you all things GOOD this weekend!💕 4w
WomanistBibliophile @Nute thank you! 😊 It was good to get away! 3w
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Laugh of the Medusa | Hlne Cixous
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‘Some seeds die when one wants to assimilate them, to make them one‘s own, instead of offering them a hospitable place to take root, to develop, to blossom.‘
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#feministreading #readingwomen #womenintranslation

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Since 1949, the US has passed to Israel more than $100B in grants and $10B in special loans. This is larger than the amount of money transferred by the US to North Africa, South America and the Caribbean put together. Their joint population amounts to over 1 billion people; Israel‘s population is 7 million. Over 20 years $5.5B has been given to Israel for military purchases.
Ilan Pappé

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Feel Free: Essays | Zadie Smith
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Neglected libraries get neglected and this cycle provides the excuse to close them. Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay.
The reason why the market is not an efficient solution to libraries is because the market has no use for a library. A library is a different kind of social reality

Weaponxgirl The loss of libraries around the country is a huge loss. As is losing experienced librarians in some cases so the physical building is there but the expertise that helps makes it special is lost 1mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl yes, the libraries in my county are under review, the council plans to close many and turn some into volunteer run services. The local community are campaigning against it. The library ZS writes about here was sold so it doesn‘t look hopeful for others 1mo
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I don‘t feel my path as a woman conflicts with practices I‘ve done before; it is bringing forth other kinds of awareness. I realise now that spirituality is connected to a delicate, playful, spacious part of myself which closes up in regimented situations. As a fulltime mother I couldn‘t see anything ahead of me but a life full of fatigue & loneliness. I didn‘t know where to turn. I have to create this for myself & for all women.
Tsultrim Allione

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You don‘t need to forgive a person who has hurt you in order to free yourself from the pain of negative emotions. You are not a less loving or whole person if there are certain things you do not forgive, and certain people whom you choose not to see. Perhaps you are even a stronger or more courageous person if you have leftover anger, whether from one violation or countless little micro-violations, even as you move on.

Weaponxgirl This is great advice. I work with children who have sometimes been through trauma do you think there‘s stuff in here I could apply? Also sorry I‘m now spamming your comments sections, I‘ve not been on Litsy regularly recently. 1mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl I think so. She writes about how children instinctively know when an apology is not genuine but don‘t intellectually understand why and how this is an invalidating experience for them. It‘s a really accessibly written book and I‘ve found it helpful myself 1mo
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‘Anger is a signal, and one worth listening to. Our anger may be a message that we are being hurt, that our rights are being violated, that our needs or wants are not being adequately met, or simply that something is not right. Our anger may tell us that we are not addressing important emotional issues in our lives, or that too much of our self—our beliefs, values, desires, or ambitions—is being compromised in a relationship.‘

#feministreading

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Rose, Interrupted | Patrice Lawrence
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Slowly emerging from my reading slump with these current library check outs. Looking forward to re-reading Ntozake Shange‘s Plays One and diving into Patrice Lawrence‘s latest YA novel Rose, Interrupted. The Zadie Smith is looking a bit dauntingly dense tho—have you read it? If so I‘d love to hear your impressions in the comments! 💗

#blacklitsy #diverseYA

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How bleak, unliveable, insufferable existence becomes when we are deprived of artwork. ... Certain kinds of trauma visited on peoples are so deep, so cruel, that unlike money, unlike vengeance, even unlike justice, or rights, or the goodwill of others, only writers can translate such trauma and turn sorrow into meaning, sharpening the moral imagination. A writer‘s life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity.

Weaponxgirl I‘ve wanted to read this one since it first came out 1mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl it‘s very rare for me to buy a hardback when it first comes out, but I had a book token! And my local independent bookshop had a Qa discount, so I was supporting them! Well, this is how I justified my extravagance! 1mo
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Only a few pages in and already this book is a gem 💎
Thankful to those who recommended it to me. 💎

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The meaning of our life is Life itself. As mysterious and as precious as That to which we belong.
Remember to look directly into each other‘s eyes throughout this long day. Embrace at every opportunity. Touch often.
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Intimacy requires a clear self, relentless self-focus, open communication, and a profound respect for differences. It requires the capacity to stay emotionally connected to significant others during anxious times, while taking a clear position for self, based on one‘s values, beliefs, and principles.‘

Reading towards healing 🌱

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“Imamu,” Gail said, and when he turned to look at her, she noticed the thickness of his lips. He had been hit, beaten maybe, but the bruising was covered by his dark skin. And seeing him so calm, so cool, still arrogant, then remembering the pain she had witnessed in his eyes a few hours before, she wondered about black men and how much of their pain was hidden by their blackness.

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Nina Simone ‘was not at odds with the times. The times were at odds with her. When a person moves to their own kind of clock, spirit, flow, you‘re always in congress with yourself. The challenge is, how does the congress around you accept you? How do we fit in in the world that we‘re around, but be exactly who we are? Was Nina Simone allowed to be exactly who she was? No. Most people are afraid to be as honest as she lived.‘
Attallah Shabazz

Weaponxgirl Have you seen the documentary? I thought it was pretty good 1mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl yes, I watched that first and preferred it to the book. I thought it didn‘t really examine how her husband‘s abuse of her clearly had a detrimental impact on her health tho 1mo
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The Challenge for Africa | Wangari Maathai
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Tsundoku, pt.2:

The Challenge for Africa
Boys Will Be Boys: breaking the link between masculinity and violence
The Hills of Hebron by Sylvia Wynter
Marine Lover by Luce Irigaray
Rise Up Singing
The Cushion in the Road by Alice Walker

Longing for the focus to get into these! 📚
#thriftbooks #tsundoku

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Tsundoku, pt.1:

Sanctuary by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
The Swan in the Evening by Rosamund Lehman
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Sovereignty of Good by Iris Murdoch
Talking with Children About Things that Matter
War Games by Linda Polman
Marxism: Essential Writings

Have you read and enjoyed any of these? Trying to motivate myself to get to reading more again! 📚

Weaponxgirl The immortal life of Henrietta lacks was interesting. Particularly coming from the uk, we have free healthcare where her relatives can‘t afford basic medication. Pretty heartbreaking 1mo
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SOOTHSAYER: a woman who Dares to counter the patriarchal deadly sin of deception; Courageous Truth-sayer

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Women‘s liberationists exposing the patriarchal deceits, the cultural gaslighting, will be called many woman-shaming names by a misogynist; we womanists and feminists will celebrate each woman brave enough to speak truth to power and call her SOOTHSAYER

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'Just a short time ago, barely even a few days, I was still a child and the world around me was a world of colours, and hard, tangible forms. It was all a mystery. There was something hidden and to me it was just a game trying to guess what that something was. If only you knew how terrible it is knowing everything all of a sudden, as if the earth had been lit by a flash of lightning. Now I live on a planet of pain and it's transparent like ice'

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Frida Kahlo | Gannit Ankori
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‘I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me, who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it‘s true I‘m here, and I‘m just as strange as you.‘
#frida
#thoughts

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The first fruit of maturation is separateness as an individual. A modicum of separateness is required to create a healthy union. One needs to know one‘s own mind enough to extend an invitation to another, or to turn down another‘s invitation. We need a self-preserving instinct to value autonomy, to experience personal boundaries, to be able to say no.
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On Revolution | Hannah Arendt
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Been in a reading slump for a month now but my holds from the library keep coming in. Tbr stacking up... 📚(Technically have started reading four of these ⬆️ and only a few pages into each 😅)
#librarylove

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In the final analysis, the flight from vulnerability is a flight from the self. If we do not hold our children close to us, the ultimate cost is the loss of their ability to hold on to their own truest selves.
#vulnerability

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Curious about MBTI. Do you agree with this typing method? What‘s your type?
(I‘m INFJ)
#mbti

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Rising Strong | Bren Brown
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Sounds like wishful thinking borne of chance...

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Sometimes I think it is sentimental, or excessive, certainly not intellectual, or perhaps too naïve, too self-wounded to value each life like that, to feel loss to the point of being bent over each time. There is no innovating loss. It was never invented, it happened as something physical, something physically experienced. It is not something an “I” discusses socially... She did say, in so many words, that what alerts, alters.
#introvert

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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! 4mo
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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 5mo
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 5mo
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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 😭 5mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl yes, so beautiful and moving 💓 It reminds me of Luce Irigaray‘s understanding of the between-two 🌸 5mo
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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 ? 5mo
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! 5mo
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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 5mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl it‘s such a good feeling of anticipation when I get that notification! 😊 5mo
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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. 5mo
WomanistBibliophile @Chelleo 🙌🏽 I‘m glad she publishes so prolifically! Her latest book looks intriguing too ❤️ 5mo
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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.” 5mo
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. 5mo
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 5mo
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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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