[Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America]
In chapter 8 of Shifting, Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden investigate struggles that seem to disproportionately affect black couples. The women in many black relationships are forced into additional shifting because they shoulder the burden of what it means for their boyfriends and husbands to be black men.
The authors contend that while marriage generally improves the emotional well being of both parties involved, this observation is less true for women and truer for white couples. The authors indicate, “Black married women experience more life stress than their male counterparts, and, notably, Black women are less satisfied with their marriages than White women” (209).
What observations or findings from the chapter stood out most to you? Why? Please provide a page number.