"Black women's experiences are unique among women of color's experiences. Asian women's experiences are unique among women of color's experiences. The list can go on and on. But when we are specifically talking about black women's experiences, the magnifying glass need not move to any other melanin-rich subject... It is we who need a divergent branch of feminism to get our issues acknowledged and scrutinized."
Hello from Philly. I’ve spent this afternoon at the Penn Book Center, trying to collect my thoughts on Morgan Jerkins’ debut collection of essays, This Will Be My Undoing. These ten essays focus on Jerkins’ experience navigating spaces as a black woman. Without a doubt, this is some of the most honest and raw material I’ve ever read. Jerkins’ essays makes Roxane Gay seem unforthcoming. After the collection was released, Jerkins mentioned that her goal was to “put it all on the table” with these ten essays. She certainly does that. Her most candid essay describes her experience with labiaplasty (and all of the physical/emotional struggles involved in the decision to go through with the procedure). There is so much good to these essays. With this debut, Jerkins claims her place among America’s best essayists. As Roxane Gay says, “With this collection, Jerkins shows us that she is unforgettably here, a writer to be reckoned with.”