Ain't I a Feminist?: African American Men Speak Out on Fatherhood, Friendship, Forgiveness, and Freedom

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in't I a Feminist? presents the life stories of twenty African American men who identify themselves as feminists, centering on the turning points in their lives that shaped and strengthened their commitment to feminism, as well as the ways they practice feminism with women, children, and other men. In her analysis, Aaronette M. White highlights feminist fathering practices; how men establish egalitarian relationships with women; the variety of Black masculinities; and the interplay of race, gender, class, and sexuality politics in American society. Coming from a wide range of family backgrounds, ages, geographical locations, sexualities, and occupations, each man also shares what he experiences as the personal benefits of feminism, and how feminism contributes to his efforts towards social change. Focusing on the creative agency of Black men to redefine the assumptions and practices of manhood, the author also offers recommendations regarding the socialization of African American boys and the reeducation of African American men in the interest of strengthening their communities.
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“[White’s] accounts of feminist men … expose the reader to a side of African American men that is often not available in the mainstream media, or even in academic literature.” — Sex Roles: A Journal of Research
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791475676
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaronette M. White is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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Table of Contents

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Preface: Can Black Men Be Feminists? From Healthy Doubt to Critical Acceptance

Introduction The Patriarchal Predicament

Ch. 1 Critical Black Feminist Intersections: Framing the Issues 1

Ch. 2 Biographical Sketches: The Sons of Sojourner Truth 12

Ch. 3 Pawns and Patriarchs: Challenging Assumptions About Power 31

Ch. 4 Turning Points: The Need and Willingness to Change 61

Ch. 5 Romantic Relationships with Feminist Women 84

Ch. 6 Platonic Friendships with Feminist Women 111

Ch. 7 Men as Friends, Brothers, and Lovers 134

Ch. 8 Sweet Daddy: Nurturing Interactions with Children 156

Ch. 9 Private Commitments, Public Actions 175

Conclusion: Can Black Men Really Be Feminists? 192

Appendix A Methodological Intersections and Considerations 202

Appendix B Interview Categories 209

Appendix C Historical and Contemporary Usage of the Terms "Feminist" and "Womanist" 211

Notes 213

References 233

Index 258

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