Racialized Politics Of Desire In Personal Ads

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The essays in Racialized Politics of Desire in Personal Ads explore the complex intersections among the social constructions of race, gender, and sexuality within personal ads, revealing a dynamic tapestry of power relations and hierarchies. The ephemeral nature of personal ads, their anonymity, the space limitations, and the linguistic encoding characteristic of the genre makes it an interesting and important opportunity to witness the performative nature of identity politics.
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Editorial Reviews

Wilfred D. Samuels
Racialized Politics of Desire in Personal Ads, edited by Neal A. Lester and Maureen Daly Goggin, provides critical insights into how African Americans influence and are influenced by American popular culture during the computer age. Using the often raw, radical, bold, unabashed, and edgy language of these ads contributors move this medium, through carefully written and well-researched scholarly articles beyond what might be perceived as not so veiled pornography to study, deconstruct, and assess the deeper questions and issues related to race, class and gender problematize in these narratives. Significantly, these scholars break the taboo and silence often associated with the spectrum of black sexuality, sexual preference and sexual orientation, moving these topics beyond reductive stereotypes and essentialism to a more complex, dynamic an anti-essentialist view and level.

Racialized Politics of Desire in Personal Ads crosses several boundaries to challenges the popularly held belief that African American contributions to contemporary American popular culture is limited to rap and hip hop. Each essays bears witness to the complexity of black life in our post modern world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739122082
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Maureen Daly Goggin is professor of rhetoric and Neal A. Lester is professor of English, both at Arizona State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface   Maureen Daly Goggin   Neal A. Lester     ix
Introduction: Trapped in Lines and Language: Distorted Selves in Personal Ads   Trudier Harris     1
"EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It!" Constructions of Heterosexual Black Male Identities in the Personals   Neal A. Lester   Maureen Daly Goggin     7
In Living Color: Politics of Desire in Heterosexual Interracial Black/White Personal Ads   Neal A. Lester   Maureen Daly Goggin     37
Black Gay Men Seeking Black Gay Men: Cultural and Historical Implications   Charles E. Wilson, Jr.     77
Personal Ads and the Intersection of Race and Same-Sex Male Attraction   James D. Ross     97
SBF Seeks Miss Afrekete: Authenticity, Erasure, and Same-Sex Desire in the Personals   L. H. Stallings     113
Ethnic Chasers, Auntie Toms, and E(gal)itarians: Black Females Seeking and Being Sought by White Females   Karyn Riedell     139
"The 21st Century Option to Meet and Socialize": Discursive Constructions of Black Heterosexual Male Identities in match.com   Patricia Rose Webb     171
Afterword   Thelma Shinn Richard     191
Index     195
Contributors     205
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