[Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America]
In chapter 5 of Shifting, Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden provide explanations and various example of “Sisterellas.” A Sisterella, like the classic Cinderella, is a black woman so consumed with the care of others (e.g. family, friends, businesses, etc.) that they neglect caring for themselves.
The subsection “The Sisterella Complex: The Constellation of Depression in America’s Black Women” explores the depression that occurs as a result and manifest in physical ailments and addictions. As the authors note, “the Sisterella complex is manifest in all the forms of [clinical] depression in Black women” (124).
How did you respond to the idea of the Sisterella complex? Why?