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Overview

In this pioneering, nonobjective study, a distinguished Black sexologist tackles one of the most controversial aspects of American race relations. The subject of Black sexuality has been widely discussed in every possible popular format for the past four hundred years, yet serious scholarship in the area is lacking. While Black sexuality has been a pervasive force in American life, it has been too sensitive a topic for Black or white authors to write about in a serious, non-polemical format. Robert Staples explores same-sex attitudes and behavior, interracial sexual relations, rape, prostitution, pornography, and the stereotypes of Black sexual superiority in this scholarly yet accessible collection. Staples shows how vaunted and feared sexual differences were the 'raison d'etre' of Southern school segregation, race-based laws, white flight from the inner cities, the double sexual standard, lynchings, and race riots. This groundbreaking study concludes with a speculation on the future of Black sexuality in the 21st century based on our knowledge of current demographic and economic forces.

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Editorial Reviews

August 01 2008 Book Review Digest
Occasionally ribald and often maddening, but sure to spark lively discussions and debates.
Anthony J. Lemelle
The dean of Black family studies has done it again through this scopic examination of Black sexuality in a society hopelessly committed to capital and profits over social justice and equality. Unlike recent books on Black sexuality, which are concerned with gaining university tenure and positioning Black scholars vis-à-vis whites in practically all-white academic departments, Staples captures the sexual mores, folkways, and values among African Americans. Like one of his earlier works, Black Masculinity, this book keeps it real and should be required reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742546592
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/27/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Staples is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Family Relations and the Black World Foundation. He is the author of Black Families at the Crossroads.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Sexuality on the dark continent 1
Ch. 2 The myth of black sexual superiority 17
Ch. 3 Images and beliefs in popular culture 37
Ch. 4 Queer and black in America 55
Ch. 5 Dating as a sexual adventure 79
Ch. 6 Sexual theft and other crimes 99
Ch. 7 When races copulate 121
Ch. 8 Sexuality of the rich and famous 141
Ch. 9 Prostitutes, pimps, and pornography 157
Ch. 10 Black sexuality in the twenty-first century 175
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