by Sarah Deshaies
“Let us introduce you to the world of the single black female.”
Laetitia Brookes (last seen in Persphone’s great Oroonoko) and Gara Nlandu are entertaining and over-the-top as they fill out their myriad roles in SFB. At heart, their roles are that of an English literature professor and a corporate lawyer. At question is the role of race and class: being single, they say, is a black middle class thing.
Problem is? They can’t find an equally yuppie, handsome, sexy, perfect hubby to get paired with. As one laments, “I’m trying to be Superwoman, but men don’t like me in my cape.”
Angela Stanley, a black woman and a researcher in gender and race at the Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University, wrote about the “crisis” for unmarried black women in the New York Times in December 2011, confirming that for her and her SBF friends, there are fewer dating options when black women outnumber “black men in our college and professional lives.” She went on: “When a black woman says she is choosing to be single, most people assume she just can’t get a man. “
There’s a play to be written localizing these race and society issues for Montreal women. Maybe Fringe ‘14?
Read also: Laetitia Brookes first-person piece on the importance of redefining images of Black women.