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Episode 13: Race vs Gender – Femiphobia and Homophobia Within the Black Liberation Struggle


Race vs Gender – Femiphobia and Homophobia Within the Black Liberation Struggle

Introduction:

In this episode, Race vs. Gender: Femiphobia and Homophobia Within the Black Liberation Struggle. I have previously asserted that racism has impacted whites to their detriment in ways that most whites don’t understand. By the same token, I assert that patriarchal masculinity, sexism and homophobia impacts men to their detriment in ways that most men don’t understand. As expressed in the Black liberation struggle in particular, I am further asserting that sexism and homophobia have been the Achilles heel of the movement. In this episode, we will look at the social construct of patriarchal masculinity as it is expressed in the Black liberation struggle. We will start with the critical question posed by the brilliant scholar and social critic, bell hooks. We will then take a look at some specific controversies vis-à-vis gender and homophobia. Has homophobia and femiphobia (fear of women) hurt the Black Liberation struggle?

EPISODE 13: RELATED BOOKS & MATERIALS

Critical Questions on Gender

In her book, We Real Cool: Black Men And Masculinity, bell hooks starts off with a brilliantly framed question that paradoxically links the model Blacks have adopted for gender relations with the struggle for Black liberation. She asks, “To what extent did the civil rights movement, with its definition of freedom as having equal opportunity with whites, sanction looking at white gender roles as a norm Black people should imitate?”

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