Fear of the Sonic [Un]Known: Sonica Trauma and Black Masculinity in the Popular Imagination

March 13, 2013
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Fear of the Sonic [Un]Known: Sonica Trauma and Black Masculinity in the Popular Imagination

By Regina Bradley Black masculinity is frequently framed within the context of visual culture. In other words, discourses about black masculinity often consider questions of: what black men’s bodies look like; what their experiences look like; and what their identities look like. This past year, I have been pushed to think about black manhood outside the realms of visual discourse. The deaths of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and, more recently,...
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In Search of our Brothers’ Gardens: Considering Literary Black Masculinities in the 21st Century

March 13, 2013
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By Lisa Guerrero James Baldwin brought me here.  Not just here to this meditation, but here to this place in my life as a scholar.  It was the works of James Baldwin, along with those of Ralph Ellison and Paul Beatty that compelled me to become a scholar of race and African American literature and culture.  There were other thinkers, authors, and artists whose works helped me stick to...
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Visualizing Masculinities: An Artistic Rendering by John Jennings

March 13, 2013
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Masculinity, like other social constructs, is extremely limiting.  It is difficult to find a flexible space to express personal identity. Although masculinity and its overtly dominant representation through patriarchy is thought of as inherently “powerful,” there is a weakness; the inability to truly be oneself without restriction. This piece was created to illustrate this tension. The figure is obviously male; his phallic body ripples with physical power. However, the...
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Bebop, Jazz Manhood and “Piano Shame”

March 13, 2013
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By Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. In sixth or seventh grade, a time of life when most guys my age were trying on their swagger, I was walking back home from a practice session at a buddy’s house that was furnished with a piano.  Along the way, my instruction book clutched under my arm like any average nerd, I passed some classmates who asked with simple curiosity and no malice, what...
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White Men Rule the World*

March 12, 2013
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By Joseph Osmundson I have spent much of my life running away from white masculinities. I don’t write about home very easily or very often.  When I write, I write about New York or about public policy or, most often, about science.  Recreating the deep past, the blood memories, can be emotionally exhausting.  But it is in the deep past, in my blood memories, that I came to really...
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What Do We Talk About When We Talk About American Indian Imagery in Sports: Thoughts on Mascots and Racialized Masculinity

March 12, 2013
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By C. Richard King When we talk about Native American mascots, we are talking about the entanglements of race and gender.  It is easy to forget this, to prize race and racism over gender, sexuality, and (hetero)sexism. In fact, most media coverage and nearly every public conversation about the subject let gender slip, typically narrowing the focus to issues like intention, honor, offensiveness, and sentiments. I say this, I...
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Hmong Butch: The Antinomies of Being Fourth World

March 12, 2013
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By Bee Vang Have Asian American male bodies been castrated out of existence? Or out of perceivability? Are Asian and masculine simply oxymoronic? The burden of proof falls upon this writer who must lay bare the mechanisms behind those words and their provocations. My Asian consciousness is radiant with the geist captured by Frantz Fanon: “O my body, make of me always a man who questions!” To give force...
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The Masculinity Scorecard

March 11, 2013
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Growing up, even into my teenage years, friends and family often described me as a “sweet boy.”  Whether from my grandmother or from a girl in my class, the mantra, “Davey is kind and gentle” was as commonplace as any other “compliment.”  I am a sensitive and caring soul so the description has always been appropriate. Yet, for me, it didn’t always feel like a compliment.  What I heard...
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Man in Sound, Man in Place

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By Carlos Ulises Decena At age ten, I joined my local troupe of the Asociación de Scouts Dominicanos (Dominican Boy Scout Association) in Santo Domingo. Immigration to the United States was still years away from my family’s horizon, and joining the troupe sprang from the recognition that biology was not enough: my apprenticeship of manhood could no longer be postponed, and it had to happen en la calle. I...
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The Pulaski Skyway of Our Manhoods

March 11, 2013
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By Edgar Rivera Colón The jet black steel girders arched like aging flexed muscles fill my mind as I remember car rides with my Dad across the Pulaski Skyway glistening under motley gray Northern New Jersey skies. I recall my father at the wheel, after he retired from the Western Electric industrial works in Kearney, saying almost every time: “You kids look at that empty factory. That was my...
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Take the Shackles Off My Feet So I Can Dance*: A Call to End Gender Policing

March 11, 2013
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By Robert Jones, Jr. Real men aren’t polite; politeness is for sissies. Body posturing is everything; real men don’t cross their legs at the knee or let their hands fall limp at the wrist. Real men put Money Over Everything; C.R.E.A.M. Real men ain’t nurturers; they provide discipline and financial support only (and they only provide those two things if they feel like it). Real men use violence to...
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