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Tressie McMillan Cottom s essay collection Thick And Other Essays is thick in every sense of the word This book is thick with wit and depth and intelligence as McMillan Cottom tackles black womanhood contextualizing whiteness beauty in a capitalist society class mobility and much She engages in fascinating ways with the forces that bear down upon her from her subject position in prose that effortlessly blends the personal with the theoretical She articulates a black woman s work and importantly a black woma Instagram Twitter Facebook Pinterest This is a really excellent collection of essays written by a black woman on issues that matter for both women and people of color Better yet she ives the why behind why she feels that these issues matter and better still I liked she feels that these issues matter and better still I liked whys Intersectionality is so important and it was only a few years ago that I realized how many feminist books and books about women s issues omit the issues that plague women of color Even within marginalized Les Innocents groups there are degrees of privilege and that is something that Cottom talks a lot about in here at length among other stirring and relevant topicsCottom is a passionate writer and a capable one Her prose flows smoothly leading you from one concept to the next and it s like beinguided down a river of ideas She writes the way a lot of my favorite textbook writers wrote in college and you can really feel the academia You can also feel the outrage and the electric power of her words I liked that too Her writing was complex and emotive and clear a hard balance to manage but compellingSome of the things that she writes about are race misogyny sexuality fetishization Donald Trump s election Obama s election privilege beauty impostor syndrome social echo chambers euality vs justice although she does not refer to it as such academia colorism and culture and how these apply specifically to people of color especially to people who identify as black although anyone can learn from these essays I picked this up because Roxane Gay reviewed it and I like Roxane Gay but after reading this collection I think I might like Tressie McMillan Cottom Mind blownI saw a couple of people who clearly felt very uncomfortable after reading this I think that might be a I Was A Stranger good thing though It s like ripping off a band aid it s always unpleasant to realize that things that come easily for you and that you previously took forranted are a struggle for others and that by merely taking advantage of and enjoying these things you are contributing maybe unintentionally maybe subconsciously to a system that continues to perpetuate injustice and ineuality Either this book will ive you something to relate to and feel empowered by or it will make you think hard and ive you something to learn from I call that a win win personally Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review4 stars I liked Thick very much and in fact there were essays here that spoke to me for me within
The writing was uite affecting is brash and intense and funny and full of facts That s what was The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States great about the book Her commentary was searing and endlessly supported by facts In this book Cottom talks of what it feels like to be an educated black woman in this America and Iotta tell ya she knocked it out of the park on most of these essays Breakdown hereview spoilerThick This essay lays the foundation Cottom associates writing with fixing your feet It defines her and is her persona which isn t perfect so it must be normalized Cottom oes into detail about her background She is always working and from the South Thick refers to her appearanceweight Thick is also hard headed Black womanhood Some folks like thick Others don t Watch them all In the Name of Beauty Excellent essay in which Cottom makes a case that the concept of beauty is a cultural concept that is at be. Smart humorous and strikingly original thoughts on race beauty money and by one of today's most intrepid public intellectualsTressie McMillan Cottom the writer professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed now brilliantly shifts ears from running regression analyses on college data to unleashing another identity a purveyor of wit wisdom and of course Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is so very wrong.ME THE WRITING WAS UITE AFFECTING
Tressie McMillan Cottom Á 2 Free readTo everyone and also fans of Roxane Gay Brittney Cooper and Rebecca Solnit McMillan Cottom has a distinct voice and she integrates her personal life with her societal analysis in powerful ways in this collection The heartbreaking content she reveals in Dying to be Competent literally made me pause and take a breath because of THE SKILL AND POIGNANCY IN WHICH SHE INTERTWINES HER skill and poignancy in which she intertwines her loss with Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth greater stereotypes and discrimination against black women I look forward to reading of her work and I hope you allive this book a read Gritty smart original Thick is a powerful collection of essays on race and womanhood especially Black womanhood and the many injustices heaped upon Black women Tressie McMillan Cottom shares intimate details of her own life and covers a broad spectrum about her thoughts on racism and white superiority and what is wrong with America today It is a collection I both enjoyed and found enlightening The voices of Black women are the least heard in America and as Ms Cottom illlustrates there is
much wisdom and insight to be leaned by actually and finally listening to Black women Listen and learnwisdom and insight to be leaned by actually and finally listening to Black women Listen and learn learn to be better This is a book I think Black women will relate to most and a book white people need to read Recently an incoherent commenter accused me of being a typical Karen for writing a negative review of Little Fires Everywhere and although I ll reserve the right not to be called a Karen for disliking a tedious Jodi Picoult knockoff the fact is that I probably am a Karen in some ways I m a white woman in a racist society how could I not be We white people no matter how much we educate ourselves no matter how much activism we engage in we all have blind spots And while all types of antiracist books are important the books I m most looking for now are the ones that point out my blind spots to me Thick is one of those books I m still processing a lot of it so I won t provide too many specifics here but as an example Thick made me see that The Beauty Myth an important book of third wave feminism is if not actually racist than at the very least peak white feminism Now that it s been pointed out to me this is so obvious it s embarrassing As a feminist who has always tried to be active in social justice causes in one way or another I ve been trying to figure out what I can do to be a better ally and books like Thick are exactly what I need right now This book delves into a lot of complex issues but I want to add that it s also funny and a pleasure to read Recommended DNF at 26% I tried repeatedly to et into this book but its just not my usual kind of book although a ood one not for me I have a sleep disorder that knocks me right out if I don t find something ripping and even on some that I do so I have to save my reading time for books that I find compelling Thanks for understanding Now a Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction 2019This was dense and super interesting Tressie McMillan Cottom a professor of sociology and public intellectual writes about the black female experience in postmodern America and she offers a sharp analysis of various complex phenomena that affect her and many other black women In eight essays she tackles topics such as the capitalist logic of beauty the election of Trump the vulnerability of black irls and women the concept of whiteness and classism By doing so she describes a whole web of ideas and systemic barriers designed to hold black women back and to take away their agency when it comes to determining who they are and what they know about the world and even themselves Full disclosure I hadn t heard of Tressie McMillan Cottom before the NBA longlist was announced to my defense I m not American and I m lad that the judges pointed her work out to me Highly recommended And here s the author talking about Thick with the eually wonderful Trevor Noa. Se very shelves a modern black American female voice waxing poetic on self and society serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms in a style uniuely her ownMcMillan Cottom has crafted a black woman’s cultural bible as she mines for meaning in places many of us miss and reveals precisely how when you’re in the thick of it the political the social and the personal are almost always one and the sa. St race based This is a brilliant must read essay Dying to Be Competent Cottom posits that our roles In Society And Our Perceived society and our perceived are dependent upon our race ender and class than of earned status I think she s right Cottom is so searingly smart It s impossible to paraphrase her essays in an update She exudes intelligence and anger Three essays in and I am very impressedKnow Your Whites Cottom expresses that the election of Donald Trump after Barrack Obama was not a surprise when you know your whites It is provoking and reactive because without progress there is no reason to prefer the and reactive because without progress there is no reason to prefer the of progress Similarly what is a white republic for white citizens and in defense of white property if there is not a dark threatBlack Is Over Or Special Black Cottom takes aim at how blacks in elite circles treat other blacks A strange place where as a dark skinned black she is constantly asked what kind of black is she The distinctions are class education skin shade black from other countries which she must be because she is an intelligent black Graduate student etc aka hierarchies within the black communityThe Price of Fabulousness Cottom talks of poor black women and the stigma they encounterBlack Girlhood Interrupted Cottom looks at the childhood for black A Little Dinner Before the Play girls Depressing because it rings true objectification and Girl 6 Cottom ponders the nature of black women in the intelligentsia aka oped writers Opinions and ability to influenceshape public thought Being an oped writer for the New York Times or Washington Post is considered the holyrail for journalists and writers Cottom wondered how many black women two of these Oped writers followed on Twitter The answer was that for David Brooks and Jonathan Chiat is six Both of these men are Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies given a free run to shape public opinion to talk about American culture an system Both of these men follow almost 400 Twitter accounts each Brooks leans Right Chait leans left Both white men Point well taken Cottom hide spoiler Yooooooo Tressie Tressie Tressie SIS SISSSSS This whole book rocked my entire world and like justot all up in my feelings and my mind and honestly it just hit me like a ton of bricks There s so much important stuff here I m oing to buy a copy for my sister in law because I think she should read it My highlights are all up on this post So many highlighted segments of just straight pure truths Highlights include Know Your Whites no matter how much I love The Obamas and I LOVE THE OBAMAS I live for scholarly people
Reading The Obama AdministrationThe Obama Administration their lack of real world change to everyday practices and policies that see black and brown people in the States systematically discriminated against and held back I love that TMC oes for the jugu Thick If that isn t an apt title for this collection than I don t know what is because this is a thick book Not thick in the amount of pages but absolutely full of relevant and necessary information It isn t curing cancer Without a doubt the best book I have read in 2019 thus far Thick And Other Essays is thick with wit intelligence and an assured self awareness Tressie McMillan Cottom addresses many topics within the realm of black womanhood including beauty standards and whiteness ethnic differences within the black community socioeconomic class and assimilating into capitalism and I loved how she always took her analysis one step further like in her essay about beauty how she refutes the neoliberal idea that we are all beautiful and she instead asserts that we should uestion why we value beauty and who profits from determining what we consider beautiful She applies this insight to an expanse of subjects including how black women do not Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood get positions at high prestige publications in which she analyzes David Brooks s Twitter follows to highlight how few people in positions of power listen to black womenRecommended. About this thing we call society In the bestselling tradition of bell hooks and Roxane Gay McMillan Cottom’s freshman collection illuminates a particular trait of her tribe being thick In form and in substanceThis bold compendium likely to find its place on shelves alongside Lindy West Rebecca Solnit and Maggie Nelson dissects everything from beauty to Obama to pumpkin spice lattes Yet Thick will also fill a void on tho.