Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts
By: Ayana Byrd
Naked: Black Women Bare All about Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts is a book about sexuality, self-esteem and self- acceptance. This book is made up of several short testimonials of women. Each women featured in this book gives their personal thoughts about what they have encountered in experiencing sex, sexuality, love, acceptance, abandonment and self-esteem and self-discovery. Having read this book opened my eyes on many topics that are somewhat taboo, and often silenced among women especially in the African American community. I like to think of this book as a platform allowing women to share their inner most thoughts of what they believe and developed their own truth. Being a women for many is and has been heart-wrenching task, and for others it’s delightful and heart-warming.
Reading this book, allowed me to identify with these women on many different levels both personal and relating to women around me. I appreciate the women for speaking out about their personal issues. As women I am learning that we often encounter the same life-ships. Moreover, we encounter the same things that are clothed in different forms at the most opportune times in our lives. Many times as women we are measured and or rated based on skin color, hair texture, physical features, intellect, background etc. I believe the authors main purpose was to expose that as women we all encounter life as it would happened. However, creating this book of short memoirs and the messages, lets women know that no matter the obstacle we can all relate and that we are not alone. All women have a story to tell that can enlighten, empower and electrify others.