Reflection: ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ and Accepting the Unanswered Questions

Having never studied poetry I was skeptical about comprehending over 300 pages. However, that was not the case. I found Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming moving, enlightening, and challenging. The poems, written from the perspective of a child, but through the reflection of an adult offer a unique insight into the perceptions of black childhood. This […]

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Caroline’s Hair and Caroline’s Arm: Body Image and Disability in Caroline’s Wedding

When my younger sister was thirteen, someone told her that she should chemically straighten her very curly hair. This person believed that she would look “better” if her hair was permanently straight and therefore more in line with American perceptions of beauty, which elevate European women’s features above my sister’s Ashkenazi Jewish ones or the […]

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