By Patricia Hill Collins
In Black Sexual Politics, considered one of America's so much influential writers on race and gender explores how photographs of Black sexuality were used to keep up the colour line and the way they threaten to unfold a brand new model of racism around the globe this day.
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Extra info for Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism
Legions of young American men can wonder what it would be like to get Beyoncé Knowles from Destiny’s Child or Jennifer Lopez in bed. Like other Americans, African Americans must make sense of this curious sexual climate that accompanies the new racism. This task is made even more difficult by the fact that African Americans are included in these debates, often serving as examples of what not to be or, alternately, as icons of sexual freedom served up as the antidote to American sexual repression.
Like other Americans, African Americans must make sense of this curious sexual climate that accompanies the new racism. This task is made even more difficult by the fact that African Americans are included in these debates, often serving as examples of what not to be or, alternately, as icons of sexual freedom served up as the antidote to American sexual repression. As part of the color-blind racism that has accompanied the erasure of the color line, the ubiquitous inclusion of images of Black sexuality that permeate contemporary movies, television shows, and music videos can replicate the power relations of racism today just as effectively as the exclusion of Black images did prior to the 1960s.
Povich panders to longstanding societal beliefs about Black sexuality. The crying and raw emotion solicited on Mr. Williams’s and Mr. Povich’s shows pales in comparison to the staged sexual spectacles of The Jerry Springer Show. Reminiscent of the London freak shows of Sarah Bartmann’s time, Mr. Springer’s shows routinely combine sexuality and violence, two sure-fire audience builders. Here participants are invited to come on the air and reveal “secrets” to seemingly unsuspecting spouses, lovers, and friends.
Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism by Patricia Hill Collins