Yolandé Aileen Ifalami Devoe, Ph.D. is a 2020 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Yolandé Aileen Ifalami Devoe at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Jameta N. Barlow, Committee Member, Dr. Philomena Essed Committee Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Member
- Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Jameta N. Barlow, Ph.D., Committee Member
Whether it is claiming a radical self-love for one’s body or dissatisfaction of one’s body, the experiences of African American women and their bodies cannot be divergent from the sociocultural contexts in which they live. Seeking to reveal how gender, race, and sexual orientation impact the lived experiences of African American women and their bodies, this study will bring attention to and provide a more nuanced understanding of the historical and sociocultural ramifications of the Black female body. Historically, inadequate attention has been given to an intersectional approach to understanding the experiences of the Black female body. It is understood that Black women are a marginalized population. This marginalization is rooted in race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and class. What influence do these interlocking oppressive forces have on the way African American women live and view their bodies? Utilizing a participatory research model, participants chronicled their experiences with their bodies in pictures and words through interviews, narratives, and photographs. Addressing body image from an intersectional approach, this research adds to existing literature and gives womanist breadth and depth to this discussion of body experience framed within the sociocultural context. The women, “sisters,” in this study shared stories of liberation, healing and resistance challenging assumptions of Black womanhood. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu/ and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/
Devoe, Y. A. (2020). In Pictures and Words: A Womanist Answer to Addressing the Lived Experience of African American Women and Their Bodies—A Gumbo of Liberation and Healing. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/611