Sex Roles (2006) 54: 733–734 DOI 10.1007/s11199-006-9039-6 BOOK REVIEW Naked: Black Women Bare All About their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts. Edited by Ayana Byrd and Akiba Solomon, New York, The Penguin Group, 2005. 257 pp. (hardcover). Chanté D. DeLoach Published online: 18 October 2006 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc 2006 In Naked, editors Ayana Byrd and Akiba Solomon present a affirmation a continuous endeavor. The shared experience of compilation of personal stories about African American internalizing dominant (Eurocentric) patriarchal notions of women’s perceptions of their body, hair, skin color, and beauty led to lowered self-esteem, lack of self-knowledge, sexuality from diverging perspectives. Though these narra- and even, self-denigration. Writers describe the process of tives differ widely in content and perspective, the reader is discovering one’s physical self, which is clearly connected to able to hear the voices and lived experiences of Black intergenerational cultural beliefs and mores, as well as the women and learn about the ethnic, racial, and gender stereotypes of Black women. The continued objectifying identity processes for this group. Presenting the diversity of experiences described demonstrate the persistence of the Black women’s experiences is a particularly important historic sexualization of Black women.
Sex Roles – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 18, 2006
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