White Tears/Brown Scars

Ruby Hamad
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White Tears/Brown Scars

Published

3 September 2019

ISBN

9780522875584

Pages

232

Weight

343g

Size

233mm x 154mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

White Tears/Brown Scars

Ruby Hamad
A confronting reality check for the privileged position of the white woman.
When white people cry foul it is often people of colour who suffer. White tears have a potency that silences racial minorities. White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood. Never is this more obvious than the dealings between women of colour and white women. What happens when racism and sexism collide? Ruby Hamad provides some confronting answers.
When white people cry foul it is often people of colour who suffer. White tears have a potency that silences racial minorities. White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood. Never is this more obvious than the dealings between women of colour and white women. What happens when racism and sexism collide? Ruby Hamad provides some confronting answers.

Hamad’s razor-sharp observational skills and wide-ranging approach make this an essential addition to the modern feminist canon.”
Publisher's Weekly

White Tears/Brown Scars is a stunning and thorough look at White womanhood that should be required reading for anyone who claims to be an intersectional feminist. Hamad’s controlled urgency makes the book an illuminating and poignant read.”
Rosa Boshier, The Washington Post

In this endlessly readable debut, Ruby Hamad expertly illustrates the multitude of historical and contemporary ways in which white feminism has been used as a tool of white supremacy.”
Karla Strand, Ms. Magazine

In breaking down examples from history, as well as from her own life as an Arab woman working in Australian media, Hamad offers a haunting but powerful reading of white feminism and its lasting impacts on marginalized communities.”
Time Magazine

This book is an incredibly necessary and intelligent critique of mainstream feminism and an important validation for women of colour who have suffered in their interactions with white women. ”
Kara Nicholson, Readings

Pick of the crop to come”
Melanie Kembry, The Saturday Age

White Tears/Brown Scars is a powerful read that will benefit all readers, regardless of gender or race.”
Zoya Patel, Canberra Times

Ruby Hamad

Ruby Hamad

Ruby Hamad is a Lebanese-Syrian journalist and author who was raised in Australia. Hamad's work has appeared in Fairfax media, The Guardian, Prospect Magazine, and The New Arab. She is currently a PhD candidate in media and postcolonial studies at the University of New South Wales. She was a contributor to Defiant Daughters (2013).

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