Gail Elizabeth Wyatt's Stolen Women explores how body identities are often shaped by deeply rooted myths and cultural stereotypes. Tracing black women's body images and sexuality from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, Wyatt powerfully explains in her introduction that "to the degree that we allow our sexual self-image to be defined by others, we will remain, as our ancestors were, stolen women, captives not of strangers but of the past, and of our own unexamined experiences. The challenge we face is to see ourselves not as others see us or want us to be seen, but as we are, as we were, and as we want to be."
Wyatt, a Ph.D. and professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral science at UCLA, explores the origins and hazards of these images through a psychiatric lens. Her use of case studies and behavioral research puts a human face on how these myths affect the development of young black women, and her careful analysis breaks down behavioral trends clearly and concisely. Black women are often seen in opposing sexual terms, either as completely nonsexual or perpetually sexually available. Wyatt fills in the gap between these two dangerous stereotypes, unpacking childhood messages about sex and exploring issues like how girls learn to be "ladies." She encourages all "stolen women" to regain control over their bodies from these external forces, allowing women to apply her work to their own lives and giving them the tools to break free, refusing to believe these painful myths are unchangeable. --Amy Wan
For the first time, the premiere authority on black female sexuality expands upon her in-depth landmark study to provide a rich and insightful chronicle of black women's unique sexual coming-of-age, from early childhood through adolescence and adulthood. Reports previously unpublished findings and traces how the trauma of slavery continues to influence negative stereotypes of black women and their relationships. Also includes first-hand accounts by black women on their struggle for a positive sexual identity. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
History continues to be repeated before our very eyes. Our history as Black women has been taken away from us. Now! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Flora Seawood
LOve it, Purchase it if you want to know the History of Black Women and our Sexuality and how to take it back! Love IT!!!!Published on January 23, 2013 by Kimberly
Most of thye information was very good. However the test you take at the end is a waste of time. She doesn't know what half of the black women think. Read morePublished on August 13, 2002
I thought this book was excellent. As noted in the synopses, black women have been historically ostracized from such mainstream psychological research studies and it only... Read morePublished on January 5, 2001 by Naim Harrison