SOCIAL SCIENCES

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

HarperCollins. Jan. 2018. 272p. notes. ISBN 9780062666154. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062666161. SOC SCI
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Jerkins provides a critical view of American culture, similar to Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, which is about the intersection of race and feminism in British culture. Here, the pop culture essayist examines her life as a feminist woman of color while sharing insight on her faith as it relates to contemporary culture. Weaving personal narratives with historical, social, and cultural anecdotes, Jerkins discusses such topics as body image, race identification, fitting in, dating, sexuality, faith, disability, and the Black Girl Magic movement. Each chapter provides insightful, personal, and frank analysis of how several identities can and do overlap with one another; especially being a black women of faith in white America. Jerkins provides awareness into her own complexities—college-educated, black, female, Millennial, feminist—in an attempt to figure out where she fits in and in an effort to uncover the intricacies of her multilayered identity.
VERDICT For those interested in a younger perspective on black studies and feminism.

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