You Can't Touch My Hair

You Can't Touch My Hair

And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

Book - 2016
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A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson.
Being a Black woman in American means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities. Robinson uses her trademark wit to explore examine our cultural climate and skewer our biases with humor and heart.
Publisher: New York :, Plume,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780143129202
0143129201
Call Number: 792.7602 R565a
Characteristics: xxxii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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MoeWhoHides
Jun 29, 2017

I really like reading about nerdy women - it makes me realize more and more that I'm not alone or weird. I appreciated a lot of the pop-culture references, though there were some I didn't get. I also enjoyed her insight into racism and her personal experiences of oppression.

Would DEFINITELY recommend reading this book for the geekery, humor, and for non-black who want to educate themselves more on the struggles of black women.

MomoT Mar 09, 2017

Phoebe Robinson made a fan out of me within about three pages. She's wickedly funny, scathing and more than a little bit goofy while tackling pretty important issues like racism and sexism. I learned a lot about African American hair from this as well as what sexism looks like to a female comedian. I LOVED this book (even though I cannot fathom why she put The Edge at the top of her "which order I would have sex with the members of U2 in" list. The Edge. REALLY?). It's a humorous mixture of pop culture, social awareness and general badassery. Highly recommended.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 10, 2017

As a white male, I feel the least I can do right now in this fraught political moment is try to understand other points of view (And, no I don't really care about understanding Trump voters.), particularly those of women and minorities. The last few years have seen a flood of books dealing with both and Phoebe Robinson's collection of essays can sit on the shelf with books like "Shrill," "Bad Feminist," and "Sex Object." Robinson, who hosts "2 Dope Queens" with Jessica Williams, deals mostly with race and gender in a way that is both funny and heartfelt. She's much younger than I am, so I don't always get her references or writing style, but it's a book that tackles important issues and gives you a much-needed perspective on these issues.

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