Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman

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Verso, 1990 - Social Science - 228 pages
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Originally published in 1978, this book caused a storm of controversy as Michele Wallace blasted the masculinist bias of the black politics that emerged from the sixties. She described how women remained marginalized by the patriarchal culture of Black Power and the ways in which a genuine female subjectivity was blocked by the traditional myths of black womanhood. In 1990 the author added a new introduction examining the debate the book had sparked between intellectuals and political leaders; an extensive bibliography of contemporary black feminist studies was also added. Black Macho raised issues and arguments that framed the terms of current feminist and black theory and continues to be relevant today.

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User Review  - Ralowe Ampu - Goodreads

this book is fun. i'm taking my time with it. it's very enjoyable. it definitely lives within the idea that "rape in the black community is the rape of the black man." it is troubling thinking of ... Read full review

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Michele Wallace earned her Ph.D. in Cinema Studies at New York University. She is a professor of English at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her seminal book Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman is also available from Verso.

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