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
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.