Monday, March 12, 2012

New Study Finds Black Women Are Doing Just Fine Contrary To Popular Belief

Jilly from Philly aka Jill Scott
It's always refreshing to dispel negative myths, stereotypes, distortions and flat-out lies. Hollywood, national media, music and even our own culture at times, stubbornly cling to caricature images of black women that we (black community) do not fully recognize.

 The one dimensional cardboard cutouts include: Angry sister - hands on hips, neck shaking and eyes rolling; Big mamma - the all knowing, church going, rock of the family; or Welfare queen -- always having kids and looking for big government to sustain her family.

 Popular culture has taken a few traits -- some honorable, some not -- and decided these few traits alone define our three dimensional black women.

Well, News Flash:

March is Women’s History Month, a time to look at the many contributions women have made throughout history. But lately, there have been a number of studies examining the lives of Black women, from their body sizes in comparison to White women to assessing that they’re more likely to get swept up in a tsunami than to get married. The latest survey comes from “The Washington Post” and the Kaiser Family Foundation and, surprisingly, they found that, contrary to popular belief, Black women are doing just fine.

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