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You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

av Phoebe Robinson

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A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson. Being a Black woman in American means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities. Robinson uses her trademark wit to explore examine our cultural climate and skewer our biases with humor and heart. "Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of "the black friend," as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel ("isn't that ... white people music?"); she's been called "uppity" for having an opinion in the workplace; she's been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she's ready to take these topics to the page--and she's going to make you laugh as she's doing it. Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is "Queen. Bae. Jesus," to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, You Can't Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise."--Publisher's description.… (mer)
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nonfiction/humor-essays (audiobook)
Phoebe is a kick to listen to and spend time with, though I think I enjoyed her first book, [b:Everything's Trash, But It's Okay|38649805|Everything's Trash, But It's Okay|Phoebe Robinson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1527080689l/38649805._SY75_.jpg|60261098] maybe just a little more.
I was too lazy to google pictures of the hairstyles she mentioned in her essays on black hair in pop history, so that was one thing the print edition might have been better for, but on the other hand, I got to listen to Phoebe, and she's got a lot of valuable (and funny) insights, so--still a win. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This is about black issues and women's issues, but it's totally upbeat. She isn't negative about anything. She gives lots of pointers to all people of how to do your best in situations. She also has a section to her niece who is biracial and encourages her to embrace her black side and white side and other biracial people. It's positive and worth reading. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
This book was on point! I didn't find the book laugh-out-loud funny but it was full of dark humor (dark because it was painfully true) that made me nod along and fist pump the air several times. Robinson writes about being a woman, particularly a black woman, in a society that does not necessarily value the agency of either. She writes with a humor and candidness that I loved.

She is an opinionated woman of color and is completely unapologetic about it. I loved that. And she also acknowledges the places where she has been trained by society to not be opinionated, or to not be so forthright about her opinions. I recognized the dance and the internal decisions she talks about before stating an opinion in order to avoid undue offense.

Lastly, I love that she challenged the reader (with her niece Olivia as a proxy) to have pride in, love, and respect herself.

Unfortunately, books like this one tend to only be read by those who already share Robinson's views, or are open to them because they are already aware of the injustice in the world, and the microaggressions (and overt agressions) PoC and women face every day. The ones who really need to hear this message won't hear it, and if they do hear it, won't have the empathy to accept it.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher. ( )
1 rösta wisemetis | Dec 7, 2020 |
Funny, interesting insights. ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
The author uses comedy to great effect to depict her life as a Black American woman. Her writing shows that she is multilayered and talented. Her analogies are hilarious (e.g. reparations equaling having a White makeup artist apply shea butter to her legs!). Her experiences with racism and sexism are relatable as well as infuriating.

The author is at her best when she describes these experiences because she illustrates how racism and sexism are systemic. When a White classmate uses her tears to deflect attention from the author's valid observations on race, her classmates and her teacher say nothing. When a comedy show judge criticizes her looks and intelligence, rather than focusing on her stage performance, the other judges stay silent. When a store employee ignores her to help others first, none of the customers or other employees pretend to notice. These injustices are sometimes termed "microaggressions," which almost minimizes them, when they are actually impactful, especially in aggregate. I hope that I will increase my awareness, and act accordingly, when I witness these actions in real life.

This book is well written and funny, with lots of pop culture references used to great effect. Recommended for all readers. ( )
  librarianarpita | Jul 11, 2020 |
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Robinson, PhoebeFörfattareprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Hodgman, JohnBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson. Being a Black woman in American means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities. Robinson uses her trademark wit to explore examine our cultural climate and skewer our biases with humor and heart. "Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of "the black friend," as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel ("isn't that ... white people music?"); she's been called "uppity" for having an opinion in the workplace; she's been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she's ready to take these topics to the page--and she's going to make you laugh as she's doing it. Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is "Queen. Bae. Jesus," to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, You Can't Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise."--Publisher's description.

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