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“CAPTIVATING, BOLD, AND WELL RESEARCHED . . . A book of such breadth and insight . . . The strength of Gender Talk lies not only in its rich content and in its persuasive claims about the role of gender and sexuality in the struggle against racism, but also in the ease with which it wears its learning.”
—The Crisis Forum
“An easy read on a complex topic . . . Johnetta Betsch Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall bravely question and discuss gender politics and re-illuminate the gender matters of Black life.”
“A masterful analysis of the complexities of gender and race issues among African Americans.”
—ALVIN F. POUSSAINT, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
“PERSONALLY HONEST, WELL-RESEARCHED, PRACTICAL, AND BRAVE . . .
Johnnetta Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall have given all Americans a healing book that no family, classroom, library, or couple should be without.”
“Back in the day, Black people agreed not to talk about women’s liberation. . . . Cole and Guy-Sheftall have done us all a service in calling us to finish the work of women’s equity in our community. This book should be read by everyone interested in the welfare of women and of Black people.”
—MINDY FULLILOVE, Professor of
Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health
“Truth telling, wisdom sharing, strong women have been and are the ‘tie that binds the Black Community.’ This book by two sisters in that long line is filled with truth and wisdom.”
—THE REV. CANON FREDERICK B. WILLIAMS
Rector, Church of the Intercession
Harlem, New York
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“Every feminist—and everyone who cares about racial and gender justice— should read Gender Talk to understand the deep connections between these historic liberation movements. . . . This book is an original contribution to the political dialogue about race and sex.”
Department of History, Stanford University
Author of No Turning Back
“THOUGHTFUL, PROVOCATIVE, CONCERNED, AND URGENT,
this work ignites a much-needed debate over the state of true Black community and the role of women within that community. . . .
Historically centered and respectful.”
“Gender Talk reaches not for what is safe and easy, but for the most difficult issues that will confront Black women and men in the years ahead if they are to survive as a group. . . . Written from the heads and the hearts of two women with long careers in race and gender struggles inside and across the color line, its brilliant but blunt honesty speaks truth through the power of Black womanhood.”
—NELLIE Y. MCKAY
Department of African American Studies
University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Recommended . . . A down-to-earth, unabashedly revolutionary corrective to the conservative slant of much that is published regarding African American communities.”
“This is an impassioned, insightful look at a controversial topic.”
“Gender Talk challenges the zero/sum game of patriarchy—that women must lose so men can win—with the simple truth that the Black community only wins when all its members are strong. Personally honest, well-researched, practical and brave, Johnnetta Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall have given all Americans a healing book that no family, classroom, library, or couple should be without.”
From the Hardcover edition.