Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy

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Macmillan, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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In a culture driven by sexual and racial imagery, very few honest conversations about race, gender, and sexuality actually take place. In their absence, commonly held perceptions of black women as teenage mothers, welfare recipients, mammies, or exotic sexual playthings remain unchanged. For fear that telling their stories will fulfill society's implicit expectations about their sexuality, most black women have retreated into silence. Tricia Rose seeks to break this silence and jump-start a dialogue by presenting, for the first time, the sexual testimonies of black women who span a broad range of ages, levels of education, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Both brilliantly conceived and sensitively executed, Longing to Tell is required reading for anyone interested in issues of race and gender.

 

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This provocative book delves into the sexual lives of contemporary African American women. As such, it resembles today's extremely popular "reality" media in which the reader/viewer eavesdrops on ... Read full review

Contents

Infroducfion
3
THROUGH THE FIRE
19
Sarita
23
Luciana
51
Rita
77
Linda Rae
95
Joclyn
121
Amparo
135
Carliese
247
ALWAYS SOMETHING LEFT TO LOVE
259
Rhonda
263
Anondra
285
Millie
299
Gloria
317
Veronico
339
Queenie
355

Cocoa
149
GUARDED HEART
171
Soupi
175
Audrey
201
Pam
217
Diane
225
Aracely
237
Shanice
373
Epilogue
387
The Past as Prologue
389
Notes
401
Selected Bibliography
403
Index
405
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About the author (2004)

Tricia Rose is a professor of American studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The author of Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, she lives in California.

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