From Strong Black Woman to Remarkably Relationally Resilient Woman: Black Christian Women and Black Buddhist Lesbians in Dialogue

From Strong Black Woman to Remarkably Relationally Resilient Woman: Black Christian Women and... From StrongBlackWoman to Remarkably Relationally Resilient Woman: Black Christian Women and Black Buddhist Lesbians in Dialogue Pamela Ayo Yetunde The StrongBlackWoman is the woman of African descent in the patriarchal, sexist, and racist United States (as she may experience it), who chooses, as a psychological and physical survival technique, to guard herself against all forms of additional pain and suffering by seeking love, appreciation, and respect (consciously and unconsciously) in giving of herself to the point of exhaustion and illness. Psychologist, pastoral care professor, Christian, and African American woman Chanequa Walker-Barnes in her book Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength1 has written eloquently and persuasively about the multiple costs of being the StrongBlackWoman—where the effort to survive has become, in effect, the personality itself. When this happens, the effort to avoid additional pain and suffering and seek love, appreciation, and respect by self-sacrifice is automatic and pervasive—in other words, the StrongBlackWoman is in effect when there is no real threat of pain or presence of events that would lead to suffering, and where unconditional love may already be present. She is not mindful of the reality that she can “let her guard down” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

From Strong Black Woman to Remarkably Relationally Resilient Woman: Black Christian Women and Black Buddhist Lesbians in Dialogue

Buddhist-Christian Studies, Volume 37 – Oct 28, 2017

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From StrongBlackWoman to Remarkably Relationally Resilient Woman: Black Christian Women and Black Buddhist Lesbians in Dialogue Pamela Ayo Yetunde The StrongBlackWoman is the woman of African descent in the patriarchal, sexist, and racist United States (as she may experience it), who chooses, as a psychological and physical survival technique, to guard herself against all forms of additional pain and suffering by seeking love, appreciation, and respect (consciously and unconsciously) in giving of herself to the point of exhaustion and illness. Psychologist, pastoral care professor, Christian, and African American woman Chanequa Walker-Barnes in her book Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength1 has written eloquently and persuasively about the multiple costs of being the StrongBlackWoman—where the effort to survive has become, in effect, the personality itself. When this happens, the effort to avoid additional pain and suffering and seek love, appreciation, and respect by self-sacrifice is automatic and pervasive—in other words, the StrongBlackWoman is in effect when there is no real threat of pain or presence of events that would lead to suffering, and where unconditional love may already be present. She is not mindful of the reality that she can “let her guard down”

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 28, 2017

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