1/14/2019

Homegirl intervention: "Eloquent Rage" by Brittney Cooper


This one took me to church.

Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper's Eloquent Rage reads like a sermon on intersectional feminism, and specifically, black feminism and how it informs views on relationships, friendships, power structures and even pop culture. 

I heard about this one on the Book Riot podcast. I believe it was in one of their holiday recommendation episodes, and it was mentioned alongside Rebecca Traister's Good and Mad. Because I'm painfully aware that my feminist theory and praxis need to level up on the intersectional front, I chose this one over the perhaps more hyped Traister book. 

This book is an intellectual high-wire act. It takes complex concepts and breaks them down in a way that is nuanced and thoughtful, but still forceful and impassioned. And I think that's at the heart of what Cooper is exploring here — how rage has power and purpose.

Audiobooks have been a godsend for me recently, and Cooper's narration really does feel like a sermon. There wasn't a single stretch of this during which I tuned out. Every word out of her mouth was fire. She is equally as thoughtful and compelling when she's critiquing the church as when she's praising Beyonce's feminism. 

This book is downright devastating at times. Cooper spares no one's delicate sensibilities when she looks at issues like the epidemic of violence against black people. But it is a necessary devastation. And like any good sermon, in the end, it's a hopeful call to action.


*I realized part of why I don't update that much is that I hate the tedium of setting up my posts with all the book stats. Since 2019 is The Year Liz Does What She Wants, yinz are just getting a Goodreads link from now on. You're welcome.

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