PHIL 220 Black Male Studies - Masculinity and Sexual Abuse Questions

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Black Male Studies (cont). PHIL 220 Black Male Studies (cont.) From “Hidden Voices of Black Men”  The “crisis” of black men 1. Sex role identity (Frazier; Moynihan Report) 2. “Ideal” vs. alternative ‘masculinities’ 3. Racial distinctions  Masculinity vs. Manhood? (what distinctions, if any?)  How do we study and ‘read’ black male lives in light of these issues? The Man-Not (cont.) PHIL 220 • Black male vulnerability as “erasure from theory” 1. The Black man as corpse? (Negrophobia, black bodies, and death/dying as theory) • “…Black manhood was a dynamic historical character that not only recognized the importance of Black women to the racial project, [and] challenged white patriarchy's various manifestations as systems of economic oppression, programs of colonial imperialism, and doctrines of racial evolution” (41). (rejection of Victorian patriarchy) • Hegemonic Masculinity and the reductionism of black male identity to mimicry of white masculinity (mimetic theory) 1. The Problem of the “double bind” The Man-Not • More on the racial project and black male responses (19th century to the present) 1. centrality of the black home 2. complementarianism of the sexes 3. the problem of protectionism? • Caricaturing of black men? (and how does this contribute to genocidal logics and technologies of death imposed upon black men?) The Man-Not PHIL 220      The ‘outsider’ status of Negro; the negro as “myth” (67) Self-internalization of the doubt driven by white supremacy (66) (i.e. the “devaluation of self”) Appeal to white male authority as a means of validity black manhood? ([he] would like to be a man like the rest, but he knows that this position is a false one. He is a beggar. He looks for appeasement, for permission in the white man’s eyes. For to him there is “The Other.”) (76) Relinquishing of blackness/black culture as the tradeoff for “whiteness” The power of white womanhood? Respectability/appeal of white manhood vs. black manhood (42)  Fluidity of whiteness (“financial level”, 44)  Black femininity in a white world (44-45) “…it is customary…to dream of a form of salvation that consists of magically turning white”  Racial subconscious and aesthetics (colorism)  Desire for white femininity (“what they must have is whiteness at any price…”, 49—honorary white women)  PHIL220      “Rape” as metaphor (hint: it extends beyond the sexual…) (Un)spokenness of black male (sexual) vulnerability The mythology of the common “predator” vs. prey—rapist vs. the raped black male embodiment: a site of desire and horror Same sex assault on black male bodies ...
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Manhood versus masculinity, what is the distinction?
According to the book "Hidden voices of black men," manhood has been used to refer to
the capability of a man to provide economic needs of the family and also, act as head of the
family unit. To the blacks, manhood is unidimensional; hence all males are supposed to inherit
the trait from their fathers. On the other hand, masculinity as pinned in the book "Hidden v...

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