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Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology
The pioneering anthology "Home Girls" features
writings by Black feminists and lesbian activists on topics both
provocative and profound. Since its initial publication in 1983, it has
become an essential text on Black women's lives and writings. This edition
features an updated lists of contributor biographies and an all-new
preface that provides a fresh assessment of how Black women's lives have
changed- or not- since the book was first published.
B. Smith: Rituals & Celebrations (1991) with Mark Ferri (Photographer) --
Winner, 2000 honors book of the Black Caucus of the ALA Awards
"Barbara Smith, lifestyle expert. Restaurateur, TV host, columnist, former model, magazine publisher (B. Smith Style). You might want to add shaman to the list, if you are to take at all seriously her latest triumph of project vision and organization, B. Smith: Rituals and Celebrations." -- Amazon.com
The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom (1998)
ALA\GLBTRT Award for Nonfiction
The Truth That Never Hurts brings together for
the first time more than two decades of literary criticism and political
thought about gender, race, sexuality, power, and social change. As one of
the first writers in the United States to claim Black feminism for Black
women in the early seventies, Barbara Smith has done groundbreaking work in
defining a Black women's literary tradition; in examining the sexual
politics of the lives of Black and other women of color; in representing the
lives of Black lesbians and gay men; and in making connections between race,
class, sexuality, and gender.
The Psychology of Sex and Gender (2006)
Psychology of Sex and Gender
provides students with a balanced examination of the influences of
sex and gender on behavior and development. The book takes a truly global
perspective when examining the relationship between and among sex, gender,
and factors such as sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, and religious
and geographical diversity.
This richly illustrated book offers a lively writing style
and makes research relevant to the lives of students, engaging student
interest by including student responses from journaling assignments,
excerpts from student papers, and personal perspectives.
Dr. Smith’s approach to sex and gender is
multidisciplinary. She includes research and theoretical contributions
drawn not only from psychology but also from biology, sociology, history,
philosophy, and anthropology.
This Bridge Called My Back (1981), Cherrie Moraga and Gloria
See “Across the Kitchen Table: A Sister-to-Sister Dialogue” by Barbara
Smith and Beverly Smith
All the Women Are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some Of Us Are Brave:
Black Women's Studies (1982), Barbara Smith, Gloria T. Hull, and
Patricia Bell Scott, eds.
Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism (1984)
with Elly Bulkin andf Minnie Bruce Pratt
Book of essays containing:
Barbara Smith’s "Between a Rock and a Hard Place:
Relationships/ Between Black and Jewish Women"
Elly Bulkin’s "Hard Ground: Jewish Identity, Racism, and
Minnie Bruce Pratt’s "Identity: Skin Blood Heart"
Yours in Struggle has been adopted for classroom
use in hundreds of colleges and universities, and has been a manual for
grassroots organizing. It is now considered a feminist classic.
Homo Economics: Capitalism, Community, and Lesbian and Gay Life (1997), Amy Gluckman
and Betsy Reed, eds.
Homo Economics is the first
honest account of the tense relationship between gay people and the economy.
This groundbreaking collection brings together a variety of voices from the
worlds of journalism, activism, academia, the arts, and public policy to
address issues including the recent economic history of the gay community, the
community's response to its changing economic circumstances, and the risks
inherent in a narrow definition of liberation.
For the first time in U.S. history, gay men and lesbians live open lives. From
nightclubs in gay city districts to political rallies and Caribbean cruises,
this new community continues to reveal itself throughout the nation. However,
with this growth, there are also signs of fracturing as economic forces key to
its development are now threatening its future.
Homo Economics illustrates the ways in which modern capitalism has
eroded the rigid sexual division of labor that deterred gay couples from
setting up households in the past. But the book also shows how this economic
system has created divisions within the gay community, channelled lesbians and
gay men into particular professions, and discriminated against them in the
After a century of neglect, we have now reached the point where suddenly gay
consumers are being courted by corporations, gay money is fueling political
campaigns, and gay and lesbian neighborhoods are expanding. The essays in
Homo Economics warn us however, that contrary to popular stereotypes, only
a narrow segment of the gay community is enjoying economic success and the
majority of gay men and lesbians actually earn less than straight men and
Homo Economics brings together contributors including Jeffrey
Escoffier, Donna Minkowitz, Tony Kushner, Julie Matthaei, Dorothy Allison,
Sean Strub, Dan Baker and Lee Badgett among others, to address the views of
the gay community towards capitalism. As such, Amy Gluckman and Betsy Reed
have given us the most comprehensive overview to date of this urgent and
highly controversial subject.
See “Where Has Gay Liberation Gone? An Interview with Barbara Smith.”
The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation (1998), Ann Snitow and Rachel
The women of The Feminist Memoir Project
give voice to the spirit, the drive, and the claims of the Women's
Liberation Movement they helped shape, beginning in the late l960s. These 32
writers were among the thousands to jump-start feminism in our time. Here, in
pieces that are passionate, personal, critical, and witty, they describe what
it felt like to make history, to live through and contribute to the massive
social movement that transformed the nation.
What made these particular women rebel? And what experiences, ideas, feelings,
and beliefs shaped their rebellion? How did they maintain the will and energy
to keep such an unwomanly struggle going for so long, and continuing still?
Memoirs and responses by Kate Millett, Vivian Gornick, Michele Wallace, Alix
Kates Shulman, Joan Nestle, Jo Freeman, Yvonne Rainer, Barbara Smith, Ellen
Willis, and many more embody the excitement that fueled the movement and the
conflicts that threatened it from within. These stories tell how the world we
live in changed.
The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History
(1998), Barbara Smith, Gloria Steinem, Gwendolyn Mink, Marysa Navarro, and
Wilma Mankiller, eds.
The most inclusive book to date on U.S. women's collective history! A landmark
work, The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History, gathers together more
than 400 articles to offer a diverse, rich, and often neglected panorama of
the nation's past. Written by more than 300 contributors, drawn from various
areas of expertise, these narrative and interpretive entries "effectively
cover five centuries of women's experiences" (Bloomsbury Review). Here are
articles on cowgirls and child care, on the daily lives of single women and
the changing notions of motherhood, on the artistic contributions of women of
color and the history of Jewish feminism. Wide-ranging in scope and
wonderfully accessible, this unique resource reexamines with fresh clarity and
brio the issues and concerns that color the lives of all women. Articles and
their contributors include: African American Women, Darlene Clark Hine; Cult
of Domesticity, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg; Fashion and Style, Lynn Yaeger; Jazz
and Blues, Daphne Duval Harrison; Lesbians, Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy; Native
American Cultures, Clara Sue Kidwell; Picture Brides, Judy Yung; Salem
Witchcraft Trials, Mary Beth Norton; Vietnam Era, Sara M. Evans.
At Ground Zero: Young Reporters Who Were There Tell Their Stories (2002),
with Sam Erman, ed.
AIDS, While The World SLeeps: The First Twenty Years of the Global AIDS Plague
Collection includes the most important writing on AIDS by Amber Hollibaugh,
Cindy Patton, Donna Minkowitz,
Gabriel Rotello, Gore Vidal,
Jeffrey Escoffier, Jeffrey Schmaltz, Judith Valente,
Michael Callen, Michelangelo Signorile,
, Susan Sontag,
and many others.
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