Well, Well, Well, would you look at that………Consistency lol. Hey yall, Deee here again with another book wrap-up (be sure to check out this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about). I was originally going to include two other books in this wrap-up but the more I wrote about Eloquent Rage the more I realized that this was, in fact, a book review-ish, as I had a lot to say about my favorite takeaways. So instead of making this a long dragged out post I decided to, instead, make this into a singular book wrap-up.
So without, further ado I present to you………
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
I wish I had a picture of me in a cape to insert into this post but alas we move. I truly enjoyed this book, it was like a mixture of her memoir mixed in with historical background/analysis of being a black woman in America. This book was a mixture of academics and just talking to your home-girl, which made it easy to digest and understand. This book also had parts of it that made it relatable to me personally, especially the parts about sexual politics and the relationship between religion and feminism. I truly enjoyed this book, as you can tell by my sticky-notes, and would highly recommend it.
*Seeeeee my sticky notes…clearly this book dropped some nuggets on me*
But, before we get into my favorite takeaways, I want to talk about one part of the book that I personally did not care for and it was the part in which she discussed her displeasure with how the former President of the United States (Obama) handled the issue with the 200 missing girls in Nigeria (pg. 85). Per Brittney, the President should have sectioned for the military to just march into Nigeria and rescue those girls. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand her stance – she wanted the President to take a stance and showcase that the lives of black girls do matter and you just cannot kidnap them without repercussions, which, again, I understand.
- However, her stance on the United States, a western country, just barging into Nigeria, without consulting the political or religious leaders in that area is extremely dismissive. Having the United States just marching into Nigerian without considering the lives of those who live in that region, without really any collaboration or mention of collaborating is, again, extremely dismissive and dangerous, and sadly very typical of a western country…..Especially when it seems to disregard the potential implications it would have had on those who live in the area after the U.S. evades the country.
- Again, I understand her stance (we must show the world that black girls are worthy to be protected and should be protected), but her approach, to me, was very western and dismissive of Nigeria as a country, capable of making its own decisions and figuring out a way to protect their people. But, then again I do understand that I can be projecting here as a Nigerian born/American raised child, but, I see how the United States deals with and talks about foreign countries, and I just see how such a move would have been very problematic.
But other than that, this book had some amazing gems that I’m sure will speak to most women who struggle with their rage and I do recommend it. Here are some of my Favorite Takeaways:
- Respectability politics will save no one, so, therefore, save it and just do you.
- It’s not up to black women to save the world, but they more than likely will do all that they can to help make sure that other little black girls and black women are protected and have a safe place to be.
- We are all sexual beings, take that as you may, I’m not here to argue with you about the sexual politics of it all *shrugs*. But as a woman, especially a black woman, wanting sex is normal, wanting to be desired is also very normal (&you are worthy to be desired).
- The world trying to deprive black women from feeling wanted and desired is violent.
- Also, please, please, PLEASE for the Love of Christ choose partners/individuals that’ll care about your sexual pleasure just as much as they do there’s. (again, I will not argue with you on this)
- Access to birth control, abortion, and other reproductive things is part of basic healthcare and right and no, I will not argue with you about this. You say you want to help empower young girls and women? Well give them access to contraceptives and educate them on their importance as well as healthy communication and start early. Sex, love, and dating are not taboo topics…..It’s okay to talk about them and have an open dialogue, I promise you the sky and everything else will still be around if you decide to do so, and you know what, not talking about it doesn’t make it go away. If anything you’re setting people up for failure
- So, open up the dialogue….don’t wait till it’s too late and you find yourself spewing shame when you had the opportunity to educate …..and you decided not to (well that, that’s also on you *shrugs*)
- Feminism and Faith can go hand in hand, you just have to find a rhythm that works for you. But you don’t have to give up your feminist belief to be religious or have a faith walk. Nor do you have to sacrifice your faith for your feminism. Allow them to dance with one another to find a rhythm that works.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, and I relate so much to what she wrote, especially about sexual repression, faith, and feminism…I didn’t want to write too much bc we’d honestly be here for forever. So I highly recommend for you to pick up this book and maybe we can start a dialogue.
And with reading this book, I plan on hopefully using my eloquent rage to help fix what I find problematic. But while I do that, you be sure to check out my 1st Book Haul as well as my February Book Wrap-Up.
Till Next Time,