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Category Archive: black masculinity

Aug 01 2011

The Burdens of a Heterosexual

By Sean Smith As if it were yesterday I remember every time I would visit my father I was faced with the daunting task of answering his questions. These questions didn’t pertain to my recent academic progress but rather my perceived sexual orientation; “you ain’t gay is you boy?” Knowing the emotional turmoil I would …

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Jun 22 2011

The Prison of Black Patriarchal Masculinity

By Derrick L. McMahon, Jr. As a black man living in the United States, I know all too well the prison that Black Patriarchal Masculinity can be. Growing up, the cell that I was placed in was small and rigid, a place for conformity rather than creativity. My masculinity was policed at almost every turn. …

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