Thick

Thick

And Other Essays

Paperback - 2019
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"In these eight ... explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom--award-winning professor and ... author of Lower Ed--embraces her ... 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"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2019.
ISBN: 9781620975879
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Characteristics: xi, 244 pages ; 23 cm

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Sociologist Cottom's Thick is a thought-provoking collection of essays centered on being black and female in America. Cottom skewers white-defined beauty as a commodity of capitalism; recalls the lesson of speaking and dressing well to signal to the "gatekeepers" that you are worthy of ... Read More »

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2019 National Book Award finalist, Nonfiction

Sociologist Cottom's Thick is a thought-provoking collection of essays centered on being black and female in America. Cottom skewers white-defined beauty as a commodity of capitalism; recalls the lesson of speaking and dressing well to signal to the "gatekeepers" that you are worthy of ... Read More »


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Frankster1
Sep 24, 2020

Well worth reading.

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kcobb85
Sep 18, 2020

Actually listened to the audiobook. :)

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candlesticktroughs
Mar 12, 2020

the blues on being a black female writer.

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selfishgiant
Dec 13, 2019

Globe best book 2019 - truthful, sharp and devastating

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sloanelCPL
Oct 08, 2019

Such a good book: essays that remind me, again, how much I have to learn, how much I have not learned already because as a member of the dominant culture I have the privilege not to have to learn about non-dominant culture in order to survive. "... all preferences in imperial, industrialized societies are shaped by the economic system... "I just like what I like" is always a capitalist lie." "But if I believe that I can become beautiful, I become an economic subject. My desire becomes a market." Here is the function of make-over shows and articles. "How is it that we have laid bodies down in streets, challenged patriarchy in courts, bled for fair wages, and still inequalities exist? The easiest answer is that racism and sexism and class warfare are resilient and necessary for global capitalism." So how can we be effective regarding climate change, which is necessary for global capitalism? "In sociology, there are several theories about those who are born or socialized into two cultures at once. These people have been called liminal or marginal, for being suspended between two societies." This is written about Obama. But how do we define society? Is this not the situation of every gay person? Every woman? Every person who is in a non-dominant group living within dominant culture? I get very sad at some of the things I learn or am reminded of when I read books like Thick. A 2014 study of attitudes about black girls: the majority of respondents said that black girls need less protection and nurturing than white girls. How fucked up is that? How fucked up that people are willing to watch R.Kelly's video of sex with a child, and someone comments "Look at that body -- she almost ready." What is the name for this kind of depression? There is a term for eco depression. What is the term for sexism depression? For woman-hate depression? Racism depression?

I hope this makes you want to read the book.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 21, 2019

Piercing, challenging, and passionate collection of essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom, a sociology professor and author of "Lower Ed," that touches on blackness, feminism, personal narratives, beauty, social media, and many other topics. This is the kind of book that we need right now.

RandomLibrarian Jul 31, 2019

Review excerpt: "This is the type of writing that gives me what I think of as “complete cellular-level stillness.” You know that feeling when you’re listening to, reading, or watching something completely extraordinary, and your entire body goes still? Maybe you have scalp tingles or you’re covered in goosebumps, but you are entirely focused on not missing a thing because it’s freaking incredible? That’s my experience with this book of essays."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/thick-and-other-essays-by-tressie-mcmillan-cottom/

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