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Black Girlhood Celebration, 2009

Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown

Through the experiences of Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown in Saving Our Lives Hear Our

Truths, a radical youth intervention also known as SOLHOT, this text exemplifies the creative

potential of Black girls and women. Brown argues that, as the voices of Black girls and women

are too often decentralized and devalued, creating spaces to practice a creative, radical, and

visionary Black girlhood is of the utmost importance. Throughout this book, Brown describes

how SOLHOT is such a space, where Black girls and women draw from their own lived

experiences to create poetry, dance, music, photography, etc,. enacting and expanding theory

through creativity.

The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood, 2012

Eileen L. Zurbriggen and Tomi-Ann Roberts

A seminal volume in girls’ studies, Zurbriggen and Roberts’ The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood uses empirical research, theory, and practice to discuss the rampant oversexualization of girls in our society today. After providing an in-depth examination of the sources of this oversexualization as well as of the consequences that often accompany them, Zurbriggen and Roberts then provide options for positive alternatives and means of resistance that may be applied by parents, educators, advocates, and role models of young girls.

“Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?” and other conversations about race, 2003

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

In this book by Dr. Beverly Tatum, questions revolving racial identity development and critical race theory are explored in detail. Using relatable and easily understood language, Tatum provides a variety of ways to consider racial identity and racism in our society today. Tatum takes into consideration the effects of race and social location on one’s racial identity development, emphasizing the common differences between members of oppressed groups and oppressive groups throughout this development. Tatum also emphasizes ways in which a positive, cross-racial dialogue may be started, embraced, and perpetuated.

Hear Our Truths, 2013

Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown

Bodily Knowledge, 2000

Kimberly L. Oliver, Rosary Lalik

Girls’ Sexualities and the Media, 2013

Kate Harper

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