Ultimately, the “strong black woman” stereotype is an albatross, at odds with African American women’s very survival. Because, according to pop culture and media, we are also the workhorses. We are the castrating harpies. We are the brawling World Star “hood rats.” We are the cold, overeducated, work-obsessed sisters who will never marry. We are the indefatigable mamas who don’t need help. We are the women and girls who are unrapeable; who no one need worry about when we go missing. We are the scary bogeywomen on America’s doorstep in the middle of the night. And we are angry. Always angry.
In an article for bitchmagazine, Tamara Winfrey Harris speaks on the stereotype of the "strong black woman" and its damaging effects.
This reminds me of what bell hooks wrote in "Ain't I A Woman". This regarding of African American women as "workhorses" and "castrating harpies" stems from plantation culture and has continued to manifest itself in the present day. It is an interesting piece! Let me know what you think in the comments.
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