Ain't I a Feminist?: African American Men Speak Out on by Aaronette M. White

By Aaronette M. White

Interview-based learn of latest African American feminist males.

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In other words, I grow; therefore, I am. Summary This descriptive chapter offers a foundation for understanding the diverse profiles of feminist Black men. Subsequent chapters demonstrate similarities across the various profiles, despite their differences. In the next chapter, feminist Black men describe the various ways in which a confluence of individual, interpersonal, and institutional factors shape Black men’s collusion with patriarchy. Their examples portray the pressures they and other Black men experience to conform to patriarchal norms, as well as the consequences they face for their nonconformity.

Through personal experiences, reading, and largely, through my feminist wife, I have grown to expand the parameters of my social justice framework. If I can understand and be critical of racism, then I also have to understand and be critical of sexism and homophobia. This understanding also includes examining the ways in which I exercise privilege as a Black man when it comes to gender and sexual orientation. The Restaurateur Donny completed his bachelor’s degree at a private midwestern university.

Their collusion inadvertently compounds Black men’s suffering because whatever patriarchal dividend they derive from the subordination of Black women (and women in general) is a trade-off for their own subordination to White men. That dynamic is evident in African American religious institutions and related faith communities. 12 Narratives from Alan, Paul, and Toussaint help us understand how Black men reap the benefits of the patriarchal dividend through gender-based hierarchies within Black religious institutions, and how feminist Black men interpret and resist such practices.

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