You cannot listen to any of these essays without thinking of your own stories and those of the people you know. Tressie McMillan Cottom addresses many topics within the realm of black womanhood, including beauty standards and whiteness, ethnic differences within the black community, socioeconomic class and assimilating into capitalism, and more. Yet Thick will also fill a void on those very shelves: a modern black American female voice waxing poetic on self and society, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms in a style uniquely her own. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself. For instance, the author talks about how black bodies are not valued in society this is something I already knew and what black people do to maneuver this unfortunate reality. I am pleased to announce that this is a collection that covers big issues, feels immediate and important, and speaks to you as if you are a smart friend.
Rejecting that belief does not free me, but it goes a long way toward being authentic. Publics should trust black women. It is a joy to spend time with her. Tressie McMillan Cottom is an academic, sociology and prominent writer. And it lived up to that and so much more.
When you have that privilege precisely because so many others like you - black women - are systematically filtered out of every level of professional status, then the responsibility is especially great. The latest foray into the ever-expanding genre of the feminist essay, McMillan Cottom's freshman collection illuminates a particular trait of her tribe: being thick. And I may go back and get a print copy. I don't know where to begin. All in all, this was a very good read. It is unusual for a book like this to come from anyone who is not a prominent white male public intellectual.
I was not a real person. So many highlighted segments of just straight, pure truths. A lot of things went over my head or didn't have as much of an impact because 1 I'm not a black woman, so I have never experienced what Cottom writes about; 2 Her voice, to me, was sometimes complicated. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Fiction Southeast, Juked Magazine, and The Drum, among others. Why is this exacerbated if it's a fat, black, female body? In eight incisive, witty, and provocative essays, Cottom Lower Ed , a Virginia Commonwealth University assistant sociology professor, highlights structural inequalities and explores the black female experience in contemporary America. You know that stage when newborns are still folded up like adorable wing dings.
Here McMillan Cottom writes on a variety of topics, often with anecdotal evidence centered into her more academic musings. She had me from her first rephrasing of the term -- public intellectual. These are all issues that need to be discussed because Black women are losing opportunities, losing their lives, and losing our patience because of how we are perceived. It's moving and challenging and discomfiting for me at least and I'll be thinking about it for a long time. Thick speaks fearlessly to a range of topics and is far more genre-bending than a typical compendium of personal essays. I just didn't fully connect with it the way I have with writers like Cooper or Roxane Gay.
You can be one or the other and be cute. We tend to understand our individual histories as unique to us, or as not being subject to societal limitations and pressures — if one wants to be successful, they can pull themselves up by their bootstraps, as the saying goes. Smart, humorous, and strikingly original thoughts on race, beauty, money, and moreby one of today's most intrepid public intellectualsTressie McMillan Cottom, the writer, professor, and acclaimed author of Lower Ed, now brilliantly shifts gears from running regression analyses on college data to unleashing another identity: a purveyor of wit, wisdomand of course Black Twitter snarkabout all that is right and much that is so very wrong about this thing we call society. The piece lays bare the white supremacist roots of the very idea of beauty and who can qualify as beautiful, and strips away the artifice from a thousand bloggers who would insist everyone is beautiful at least on the inside. I love authors reading their own work and after following Cottom on Twitter for a few years I knew she would deliver.
It's so well-hidden that when Co I've always believed that knowledge is power and Blackness is something that can never be over-learned. This is good because I am really working on being a socialist black feminist so it would help if my comrades did not see my Amazon Prime boxes in my trashcan. I just you know the whole concept of being fast in high school, the fact that our value, worthiness, safety, as black women are generally discarded by everyone who is not us, and commonly by those who look like us, well, I'm just sad that we live this and my soul burns, but I can never get to the point where I could state how I feel as eloquently as you and Brittney Cooper and Morgan Jerkins have stated and clarified in your works and I thank all those black women and Tressie in this section and Girl 6 for clearly clarifying those emotions for the masses. I had been living in covert racism my entire life. We must all work to break down white supremacy. Louis or California during the Great Migration when millions of black people traveled their own nation as refugees. In these eight piercing explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom—award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed—embraces her venerated role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society.
If you've followed her Twitter feed, or even her earlier blogs on Tumblr, back in her Emory graduate student days, I guarantee Thick: And Other Essays is worth the read still. I just didn't fully connect with it the way I have with writers like Cooper or Roxane Gay. I love authors reading their own work and after following Cottom on Twitter for a few years I knew she would deliver. Take your time with this one, if you can. This whole book rocked my entire world and like just got all up in my feelings and my mind and honestly, it just hit me like a ton of bricks. This book is a treasure.