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What'S Love Got To Do With It?: Understanding And Healing The Rift Between Black Men And Women

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    Donna Franklin(Author)

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The author of Ensuring Inequality focuses on the painful subject of gender relations in black America, taking a hard look at domestic violence, divorce rates, and damaging gender stereotypes on both sides of the Mars/Venus divide.

In her provocative second book, Franklin (Ensuring Inequality) delves into the history of black heterosexual relationships, tackling slavery's impact on the black family and asserting that relationships between black men and black women are in crisis. No one knows this better, she says, than educated, young African-American women who find themselves in a state of desperation upon viewing the shrinking pool of eligible black men. A professor at Smith College's School for Social Work, Franklin posits that the same skills that make black women successful in the outside world are detrimental when it comes to building and sustaining successful relationships at home. For example, she asserts that some black men feel threatened by a black woman's pursuit of advanced degrees because that puts him lower on her list of priorities in a society that seeks to emasculate him at every turn. Franklin's book sets itself apart from similar how-tos with its trenchant historical arguments. For example, when discussing why so many of "the most eligible black men" marry white women, Franklin provides a cogent analysis of the way "oppressive Jim Crow policies and practices developed by white men to preserve the 'sanctity' of white women [established] 'conquests' of white women as signs of manhood." Similarly, she provides enlightening historical background on such issues as the misconception that black women lack femininity, the rise of repressive paternalism in black culture and the way that racial solidarity often overlooks gender inequality. Franklin's contribution to the dialogue about gender relations in the African-American community is sure to stir the pot, and her detailed analysis should get high marks both for its scholarship and its emotional intelligence. Agent, Faith Childs. Eight-city author tour. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. This is no Mars-Venus examination of black male-female relationships. Franklin, a sociologist, looks at the historic impact of racism on the relationship between black men and women in the U.S. For black Americans, the past is prologue as couples struggle to deal with a legacy of dismantled notions of manhood and womanhood, vulnerability to broader social and economic forces, and internal discord rooted in perceptions of how black men and black women weathered the vicissitudes of slavery and racism. Franklin examines the rise and fall of black women's prominence in the struggle for equal rights, American images of female beauty, the women's movement, the rise in interracial marriage, and the continued impact of racism on the economics of the black community. She notes that race has trumped gender concerns for black women in responding to inequities they've faced based on their race and sex. Franklin cites troubling statistics showing lower marriage rates and higher divorce rates among black Americans and speaks eloquently of breaking the silence regarding the impact of slavery on relationships and of healing old wounds. Vanessa BushCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Donna Franklin(Author)
  • Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (September 6, 2000)
  • English
  • 5
  • Politics & Social Sciences

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  • By kendink63 on September 21, 2014

    Excellent audio book! This book helps put into perspective the things we see between black men and women today.

  • By Mr LTG on March 3, 2017

    Fantastic and insightful

  • By B on September 18, 2010

    Granted, I just received this book & have not completed it yet BUT, how insightful! I am really appreciating this author because even within the first few pages I have learned so much. I am so dedicated to influencing change within the black community, to the best of my ability & this def. helps. Very much recommended!

  • By larry on March 13, 2015

    Enjoyed the book

  • By Abigail Ryan on June 2, 2008

    There aren't too many books written about African American marriage. It's unfortunate because information is the key that opens many doors. Yet we are left with limitations placed on the information we have about marriage. Our ancestors and parents were so busy avoiding the often painful task of analyzing the past of failed relationships. We were left ignorant to the tools of what works. We need to discuss what doesn't work in order to understand what actually works.Donna L. Franklin has begun to open the doors to communication in this secretive area for us. Thank you, Donna. We need to move forward. Let's talk about our African American relationships. The youth are learning by the failed examples they witness. Let's leave them with more than that.[....]

  • By A customer on September 18, 2003

    I doubt that I would even consider another relationship, unless I knew that we were both conscious of the information provided by Donna L. Franklin's book.It contains well written and informative validation to theories and facts that serve to answer the largely ignored phenomenon of why it has been so difficult for too many black couples to enter into and remain in stable relationships.Even the therapy sessions I once attended, in an attempt to save my family eluded this dynamic. The therapist was seemingly unaware or otherwise unable to implement this information in addressing the unique circumstances associated with black couples...As a matter of fact, I realize later, and as a black woman herself, she was probably struggling with many of these dynamics in her own relationships...The answer begins with awareness!!!This book should be standard required reading for all African Americans and Americans in general need to be aware of this information also. It's just part of the healing process for the whole country.There is no more time to ignore the combined effects of racism and genderism.I apologize to no one for being strong, but I sure am sick of being strong all of the time, especially while being resented and disrespected for it in the home...that I bought....Thank You Donna!

  • By Kweku Bediako on October 10, 2000

    Donna Franklin's new book, What's Love Got To Do With It, is a passionate,unequivocal indictment of racism and white supremecy in American society. Impeccable scholarship becomes a tool for her laser-like examination of what has gone wrong with black male/female relationships, and no stone is left unturned. No-one is let off the hook. Not white males. Not white females. Not black males or black females.A crime has been committed. Who is guilty of this crime? Who must pay? Who must be held accountable? For the destruction of black male/female relationships? The destruction of the black family? The destruction and denigration of African culture and consciousness? The insanity of homocide, suicide and fratricide in the black community? Slavery is Donna Franklin's answer. Miss Anne and Uncle Charlie out back, in the cabin, in the bushes, in yo bed room, in de school room, in yo mind.Insanity passing for sanity. Black man walkin' down the street mumblin' to himself, holdin' himself like he gotta piss. Black woman standing on the street corner with a blond wig on her head charging two dollars. Apein' mr charlie. Apein' miss anne! Playing in the dark, writin' blues for mister charlie, wearing black skin and a white mask, with no name in the street!! Because - Nobody knows my name!!! Not even me! What's yo name Boy??Franz Fanon said it best: "The Negro is a slave who has been allowed to assume the attitude of [the] master. The white man is a master who has allowed his slaves to eat at his table." "Relationships between black men and women in America are in crisis," says Donna Franklin. "The current divorce rate for blacks is four times the 1960 level and double that of the general population." "Interracial marriages have risen from a reported 51,000 in l960 to 311,000 in l997." "The rates of violence between black men and women are higher than those of other races." ". . .Seventy-two percent of the African American husbands reported using a confrontational style of dealing with marital conflict. . ." "Forty-four percent of married black men admit to having been unfaithful to their wives, almost double the percentage for whites." Sixty percent of young black males between the ages of 18 and 24 are caught up in the criminal justice system.In the end Donna calls for healing. But healing in this instance must be spiritual as well as social. The cancer has spead too far. The community is too sick for surgery or psychotherapy. To heal the rift between black men and women will take time. But time alone won't do the job, as Donna implies. We must understand the history and place today's black male/female relationships within the context of that history. This book goes a long way toward helping us to understand -- to understand that history and context. Holding up a mirror to American society, Donna Franklin reveals strange fruit hanging from the poplar tree. No matter how painful, America, you must have the courage to read this book!!!!

  • By Jean Thompson on October 7, 2000

    This book provides a much needed historical analysis of the emergence of the current tensions found between black men and women. I have always been interested in africian-american history and this book is one of the best history books I've ever read. It is supebly written and carefully documented. The author even provides hope by asking the reader a series of questions that can help him/her determine (if answered honestly) whether they are part of the problem or part of the solution. This book is both informative and thought provoking and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the black family or gender relations in the african-american community.

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