Wild Women Don't Wear No Blues: Black Women Writers on Love, Men and Sex

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Can't live with them, can't live without them. From time immemorial, men and women have engaged in the eternal struggle. No one is immune from the lures of the mysterious and perplexing differences that create so much of the exhilarating, frustrating, and romantic textures of our lives. In this provocative collection of nonfiction pieces, Marita Golden, the critically acclaimed novelist, and fourteen other African-American women writers talk - each in their own distinctive style - about love, men, and sex. These ...
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Overview

Can't live with them, can't live without them. From time immemorial, men and women have engaged in the eternal struggle. No one is immune from the lures of the mysterious and perplexing differences that create so much of the exhilarating, frustrating, and romantic textures of our lives. In this provocative collection of nonfiction pieces, Marita Golden, the critically acclaimed novelist, and fourteen other African-American women writers talk - each in their own distinctive style - about love, men, and sex. These essays - nine of which were written expressly for this book - range in style and content from Audre Lorde's now classic polemic on eroticism to Miriam DeCosta-Willis's moving essay about her husband to Audrey B. Chapman's hopeful "Black Men Do Feel About Love." Some are saucy, some spicy, a few use words not usually heard in polite company, and a few of them will leave you gasping or stunned. All of the essays are explorations into the contemporary black female psyche. Golden has contributed an introduction and prefatory commentary for each piece, which adds luster to the whole. Unique in its concept, exemplary in its execution, Wild Women Don't Wear No Blues should quickly achieve an important place in the growing canon of African-American literature.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this collection of introspective essays, 15 African American women writers explore the ways in which their love relationships have been defined by boundaries set for black women in a racist and sexist society. The topics cover a wide spectrum: Bebe Moore Campbell struggles to resolve her anger over love affairs between white women and black men; Ntozake Shange describes her difficulty in reconciling the pleasure she has gotten from black men with their sexist attitudes; Jewelle Gomez meditates on the strong bond between black lesbians and black gay men; and, in an especially powerful piece, DorisJean Austin recalls a rape she endured as a 12-year-old girl. Golden, who wrote the introduction and contributed an article, has compiled a strong collection of eloquent essays unified by unflinching honesty. Author tour. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385424004
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

Introduction
Tough Boyz and Trouble: Those Girls Waiting Outside D.C. Jail Remind Me of Myself 1
"Marilyn" from The Habit of Surviving 13
Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power 45
Letting Go with Love 57
A New Shower Massage, Phone Sex, and Separation 71
Walking in My Mother's Footsteps to Love 83
Sleeping with the Enemy 97
Black Men, White Women: A Sister Relinquishes Her Anger 113
Mars Conjunct Neptune 127
The Act Behind the Word 147
Decisions of Safety: A Personal Story 161
Wounded in the House of a Friend 173
In the Wink of an Eye: Black Lesbians and Gay Men Together 187
However You Come to Me 203
Black Men Do Feel About Love 213
Notes on the Contributors 227
Acknowledgments 231
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