Collins, Patricia Hill. “Booty Call: Sex, Violence, and Images of Black Masculinity.”

Collins, Patricia Hill. “Booty Call: Sex, Violence, and Images of Black Masculinity.”

Booty calls as usually typified of black masculinity; however, women can also create and commit booty calls. Multiplicity of use of booty – prize, treasure, conquest – sexuality and race – booty when intersected becomes representative of aggression, warfare on women’s sexuality and access. Commodification of black masculinity attributes value to aggression, sexual prowess, and the negotiation between fear and respect. Value put on black bodies in sports, but control is demanded for deferent and malleable bodies – rejection of these values – paternalism, fatherhood, malleability, demonstrates fissure in how black masculinity is ‘managed’- thug life as a way to obtain power, but is also subject to intense policing and discrimination, disadvantaging the actor. Commodification of thug life personas – how to separate personal life and public, economic representations of self? Classed representations of black men’s sexuality – often middle-class black men are either represented through a commodified lens, or seem to lose their sexuality, or their ‘blackness’’ – sexuality as often contained through marriage, heterosexuality – OR, are cast through an effeminate, often homosexual way – Black lesbians, however, are cast in masculine lights. Hostility due to recreation of strong women and weak men that Jim Crow intended?

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