This Will Be My Undoing: Living At The Intersection Of Black, Female, And Feminist In (white) America by Morgan JerkinsThis Will Be My Undoing: Living At The Intersection Of Black, Female, And Feminist In (white) America by Morgan Jerkins

This Will Be My Undoing: Living At The Intersection Of Black, Female, And Feminist In (white…

byMorgan Jerkins

Paperback | January 30, 2018

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"A writer to be reckoned with."-Roxane Gay

Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Esquire, Elle, Vogue, Nylon, The Millions, Refinery29, the Huffington Post, Book Riot, Bitch Media, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and Paperback Paris

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today—perfect for fans of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.

Morgan Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’t afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to “be”—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but it’s necessary reading for all Americans.

Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, black women are objectified, silenced, and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle, that are rarely acknowledged in our country’s larger discussion about inequality. In This Will Be My Undoing, Jerkins becomes both narrator and subject to expose the social, cultural, and historical story of black female oppression that influences the black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large.

Whether she’s writing about Sailor Moon; Rachel Dolezal; the stigma of therapy; her complex relationship with her own physical body; the pain of dating when men say they don’t “see color”; being a black visitor in Russia; the specter of “the fast-tailed girl” and the paradox of black female sexuality; or disabled black women in the context of the “Black Girl Magic” movement, Jerkins is compelling and revelatory.


Morgan Jerkins is a twenty-something-year-old living and writing in New York. She graduated from Princeton University with an AB in Comparative Literature, specializing in nineteenth century Russian literature and postwar modern Japanese literature, and she has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Currently she’s a contributing...
Title:This Will Be My Undoing: Living At The Intersection Of Black, Female, And Feminist In (white…Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:January 30, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062666150

ISBN - 13:9780062666154


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Essay Collection Jerkins is honest, raw and unapologetic which allows for great commentary, but also has some of its problems. I would recommend this to anyone, it's a very personal look at the intersection of minorities that Jerkins is living in. Not everything is meant to be relatable to everyone because this is her story, but it should be important to everyone.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I could give this book more stars! I absolutely loved this book. Reading it was like chatting with a girlfriend about innermost thoughts that most dare not voice in mixed company. Jerkins finds her voice by making the inarticulable coherent. She interweaves popular discourse and theory to examine her experiences regarding race, gender and classicism. A great read for students of Sociology, Gender Studies and Black Studies.
Date published: 2018-03-05

Editorial Reviews

“At its best, the book reveals complicated, messily human responses to knotty problems. Never intended as the final word on the black female experience in America today, it uncovers the effect of social forces on one perceptive young woman.”