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Longing to Tell by Tricia Rose
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Apr 11, 2014

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(FROM JACKET)In a culture driven by sexual and racial imagery, very few honest conversations about race, gender, and sexuality ever take place. In their absence, commonly held perceptions of black women as teenage mothers, welfare recipients, mammies, or exotic sexual playthings remain unchanged. For fear that telling their stories will fulfill society's implicit expectations about their sexuality, most black women have retreated into silence. In this groundbreaking book, Tricia Rose breaks the silence by presenting, for the first time, the in-depth sexual testimonies of black women. Spanning a broad range of ages, levels of education, and socioeconomic backgrounds, nineteen women, in their own words, talk with startling honesty about sex, love, family, relationships, body image, and intimacy. Their moving stories provide revealing insights into the many ways black women navigate the complex terrain of sexuality. Compelling, surprising, and powerful, "Longing to Tell" is sure to jump-start a dialogue and will be required reading for anyone interested in issues of race, gender, and sexuality.

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