Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism

By Patricia Hill Collins | Go to book overview

EIGHT

NO STORYBOOK ROMANCE

How Race and Gender Matter

The thirty-five undergraduates who enrolled in the first offering of “Introduction to Black Gender Studies” were an especially brave group. Most were in their early twenties, with African American women forming a sizable minority. The class also reflected the diversity of social class, sexualities, ethnicity, and religion characteristic of a large, urban university. As the course evolved and the students became more comfortable with one another, discussions became more candid. One class session in particular stands out in my mind. On that day, I asked the following questions: “Do your parents want you to marry? If so, what kind of partner do they want for you?” Student responses were revealing. No one identified the assumption that underlay the questions, namely, that getting married constitutes a deep-seated social norm. Virtually everyone agreed that their parents would like them to marry; yet, African American women in particular did not hold out much hope that they would find suitable partners. Their responses suggested that they had considered these questions more thoroughly than either African American men or White students: “a decent Black man, ” “a man with a job, ” and “a good Christian man, ” Black women responded, making the gender and race of their preferred partners crystal clear. After hearing the women's answers, African American men offered similar responses: “marry a Black woman, ” “don't disrespect your mother, ” “marry within the race, ” and “marry a woman who can make something of her

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - African Americans and the New Racism 23
  • One - Why Black Sexual Politics? 25
  • Two - The Past is Ever Present 53
  • Three - Prisons for Our Bodies, Closets for Our Minds 87
  • Part II - Rethinking Black Gender Ideology 117
  • Four - Get Your Freak On 119
  • Five - Booty Call 149
  • Six - Very Necessary 181
  • Part III - Toward a Progressive Black Sexual Politics 213
  • Seven - Assume the Position 215
  • Eight - No Storybook Romance 247
  • Nine - Why We Can't Wait 279
  • Notes 309
  • Glossary 349
  • Bibliography 353
  • Index 367
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