Can A New Survey Explain How Black Women in America See Themselves?

Rich or poor, educated or not, black women sometimes feel as though myths are stalking them like shadows, their lives reduced to a string of labels.

The angry black woman. The strong black woman. The unfeeling black woman. The manless black woman.

“Black women haven’t really defined themselves,” says author Sophia Nelson, who urges her fellow sisters to take control of their image. “We were always defined as workhorses, strong. We carry the burdens, we carry the family. We don’t need. We don’t want.”

In a new nationwide survey conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, a complex portrait emerges of black women who feel confident but vulnerable, who have high self-esteem and see physical beauty as important, who find career success more vital to them than marriage. The survey, which includes interviews with more than 800 black women, represents the most extensive exploration of the lives and views of African American women in decades.

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  1. blkgalusa at 10:22 pm

    In this day and time, it is very difficult to find a man whom a woman can truly trust. There is so much to consider when bringing a man into your life. So, if I was not already married, I would never even consider at my age to be in a relationship with a man because you can’t trust them and this has been my experience. My husband and I have been together since 2004 and before that time, the men that I knew were all cheaters and never told the absolutely trust about it and I had to find it out in a very hurtful way. It’s so sad. But, I would not even put myself out there not ever because there is too much at stake. A women not only can be hurt but die from diseases that a man could bring into her life by not be honest. It’s simply not worth it.

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