I first encountered Dr. Jordan-Zachery when she followed me on twitter. I checked out her blog, and it is fantastic and very important. She is insightful, and she often has guest bloggers who add their views.
Here’s a particularly interesting post, but I highly recommend you take a look at the rest of the blog as well.
Black women’s bodies have historically been problematic for those who hold the power to define race-gender hierarchies. Early Europeans constructed Black women’s bodies as different, highly sexual and “other”. Black women’s societal worth is often devalued in the eyes of European Americans. Such devaluation can also occur when other Black folk subscribe to the ideology of the damaged Black woman. The damaged Black woman is often used to promote policies that focus on changing individual behaviors as opposed to critically questioning societal structures that contribute to Black women’s inequitable positions. The result is the culture of poverty, the culture of fatness and the culture of drug abuse that permeates the two stories that I discuss below.