New Black Womanhood Analysis

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Although the term had only started to be discussed in scholarly sociological circles in the early 70’s, the concept and ideas behind intersectionality, or how various categories of oppression work together, were around without a name for a very long time. In particular, it pervaded the work of black women writers from Zora Neale Hurston of the Harlem Renaissance to Nikki Giovanni and Carolyn Rodgers during the Black Nationalism and Black Arts Movements. Black women have the unique experience of being on the lower rungs of not one, but two categories of oppression: race and gender. It was within these intersections of race and gender as well as the Black Power Movement that birthed a concept called “New Black Womanhood”. Mostly used by revolutionary black men who felt that with the changing of ideals for black community meant a militant man and a docile woman to serve by his side. However, the idea of New Black Womanhood did …show more content…
Even within the black liberation/nationalist movement the idea of defining yourself was a very big issue in raising the consciousness needed to fight against systematic oppression. The issue of defining womanhood continues today as discussions and statistics are being brought up about white feminism and the idea of black women being less likely to report incidences of abuse or rape by black men because of a sense of duty to the race. As both race and gender are social constructs these discussions will probably continue on with each new generation, each new gendered or non-gendered and people of mixed descent chose how to identify

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