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Don't Bring Home a White Boy: And Other Notions that Keep Black Women From Dating Out

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In Don’t Bring Home a White Boy, writer Karyn Langhorne Folan debunks the myths about interracial relationships. Drawing on real-life testimonials, she boldly tackles this difficult subject with warmth, humor, and understanding, as she explores stereotypes of black female sexuality and white male perspectives on black female beauty.

Folan goes beyond statistics and offers firsthand insights on her own interracial relationship and attempts to tap into a woman’s desire to have all...

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Don't Bring Home a White Boy: And Other Notions that Keep Black Women From Dating Out

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Overview

In Don’t Bring Home a White Boy, writer Karyn Langhorne Folan debunks the myths about interracial relationships. Drawing on real-life testimonials, she boldly tackles this difficult subject with warmth, humor, and understanding, as she explores stereotypes of black female sexuality and white male perspectives on black female beauty.

Folan goes beyond statistics and offers firsthand insights on her own interracial relationship and attempts to tap into a woman’s desire to have all that they deserve instead of restricting themselves, simply because they want a “good black man.” Frank, authoritative, and universally relevant, her message to women is to look beyond skin color, accept themselves for who they are, and seek a man who truly loves them, regardless of race.

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A black lawyer with a white husband, Folan encourages other African-American women to consider dating or marrying outside their immediate circles with a sincere but matter-of-fact discussion of interracial relationships. Challenging readers to stop letting notions of difference keep them from happiness, the Harvard-educated attorney addresses the conscious, unconscious and often-unstated issues that contribute to the ongoing taboo: is a black woman who dates or marries interracially a traitor? Is a white husband an emblem of self-hatred? What factor does the U.S. history of sexual oppression play? Though she can sound flip ("I figured since I was doing so badly with the chocolate, I'd give the vanilla a try"), Folan addresses her touchy subject matter deliberately and thoroughly, including lengthy interviews with committed interracial couples who discuss how they met, the reactions of friends and family, and how they've managed over the years, letting their success stories illustrate her points. Though Folan's well-meaning text may not eliminate her readers' hesitation regarding this very loaded subject, it makes an excellent starting point.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439154755
  • Publisher: Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Hunter is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, a celebrated radio talk-show host, and coauthor of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Confessions of a Video Vixen, On the Down Low, and Wendy’s Got the Heat. She is also an assistant professor in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College.
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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    Introduction to Intrracial relationaships

    I recommend this book to any black women who wants to start an interracial relationship. Starting from slavery days to now.

    If you are curious and kind of afraid but wants to get into a interracial relations, this book will give you basic know about everything you need to know.

    Very informative.

    Me, myself, loved every bit of it.
    It's exciting, when I started my journey into interracial relationship, now I wouldn't go back for nothing.


    Enjoyable

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2010

    Wonderful Book, Thank You!

    I got this book and sat down and read it cover to cover. The writer does a wonderful job at describing in detail the notions that keep Black Women from dating out. I totally recommend it for any black women considering dating out or is dating interracially already.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Great read

    Very insightful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Helpful book

    This book doesn't bash African American men. A lot of Black women limit their options by exclusively dating African American men. There are a lot non Black males interested in long term relations and marriage to Black women. This book gives non professional opinions about Black woman/ White male relations. It's worth noting that the author is not an authority on the subject but rather she gives insight into why more Black women have not crossed over. With the increasing inequity of woman to man ratio maybe Black women should maximize dating options. Though there is needless redundancy to the book and the author could have wrapped up her book a bit more tidy, it's worth a look.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    not a good read

    I didn't like this book. The author used repition to make some very simple points. I found the references redundant. After reading several chapters, I saw repeated information from previous chapters. I found the book boring and it presented very little new or inspiring information.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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