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The Crunk Feminist Collection Paperback – January 10, 2017
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A valuable record of the collective’s contributions to a growing cultural awareness of feminist issues and criticism, particularly for women of color.” Kirkus
"Witty, digestible passages. . . . the writings, although unmistakably political, speak to the personal with familiarity, honesty, and focus." Booklist
By centering a Black Feminist lens, The Collection provides readers with a more nuanced perspective on everything from gender to race to sexuality to class to movement-building, packaged neatly in easy-to-read pieces that take on weighty and thorny ideas willingly and enthusiastically in pursuit of a more just world.” Autostraddle
"The pieces made me laugh from my gut, cry for hours, and really reckon with the fact that there will be no freedom, no liberation, no American deliverance without a wholehearted embrace of crunk feminist consciousness. One of the most important books I have ever read." Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division
"We are made better because of these scholars-in-sisterhood and their collective commitment to live, love, dance, desire, dissect, imagine, challenge, and give testimony. I'm 'bout it!" Janet Mock, author of Redefining Realness
"A must-read for anyone interested in feminist discourse produced by Black women from the hip hop generation." Beverly Guy-Sheftall, author of Words of Fire
"Erudite, revolutionary, and most definitely crunk, this book is poised to become a classic tome of feminist writing that speaks to many generations to come." Gwendolyn D. Pough, author of Check It While I Wreck It
About the Author
Susana M. Morris is co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective and a contributing writer on the blog. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University and is currently an associate professor of English at Auburn University, where she teaches African American literature. Her book, Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature, was published by the University of Virginia Press in February 2014.
Robin M. Boylorn is Assistant Professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication at The University of Alabama. She received her Ph.D. from University of South Florida in 2009. She is the author of the award-winning monograph Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience (Peter Lang, 2013), and co-editor of Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life (Left Coast Press, 2014).
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This collection of essays is fantastic. The Crunk Feminists are down-to-earth, but still able to break down some of the most complex, intellectual issues in intersectional black feminism so that regular, non-academics like me can understand them (I'm a queer, white cis woman, btw). That is no easy feat. The essays are deeply authentic, full of personal stories and anecdotes from women of color that helped me to empathize with them. While reading it, I experienced several "aha" moments. I feel lucky to have been able to read it, honestly.
I also really love how humble these women are--in their writing, they often question whether their feelings are influenced by their own biases and privilege (while still allowing themselves to rightfully express anger and pain regarding the oppressive structures they've labored under their entire lives). There is so much to learn from this book, not the least of which is how to be more reflective and more aware of our own privilege.
I'm considering buying more copies as gifts for the other feminists in my life.
Whether you are a black woman or consider yourself an ally to black womanhood, you should read this book. As a white female ally and student/scholar of African American lit, I found this book personally challenging at times, and THAT IS A GOOD THING.
If you don't want to grow as an individual, be challenged in any way, or hear about others' experiences, then this is not the book for you.