and the HuffPost commentary: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...ack-au_n_387326.html
The Wash Post link is an interesting editorial on an upcoming book by Helena Andrews. I'm not altogether impressed by her comfort with being defined as "mean" or "bitchy", but she makes some salient observations - particularly that AA women have been branded as strong... and nothing else. Just strong. And it is a fallacy.
I wish there was more engagement of that dangerous fallacy, particularly in light of the increase in female AA suicides and feelings of sometimes overwhelmingly loneliness.
The last paragraph of this editorial says it all: "The homeboys on the sidewalk part like a sea to make room for her. A man rolls down the window and asks her to buy him a car. And she smiles. She turns around and smiles again. He has no idea who she is. "
It's been a loooooooong time since Sojourner Truth wrote "Ain't I a Woman?" but it seems societally, not much has changed. Aren't we worth protecting, too? What happened to our courtship language such that a man asking "can you buy me a car" became the standard? Will the AA female ever reach a societal turning point where the man's first thought is "One day, I'd like to buy you a car (and the sun, and the moon, and ______)."?