Black women” is taken to include “mixed-race” women but excludes Asian women.
It was felt that boys would have to work harder to meet black women and commit to a relationship with the, before any sexual interaction would occur.
Maryam rebecca week 5 black masculinity
Alexander, C., (2000), ‘Black masculinity’ in
Owusu, K. (ed.) 2000. Black British Culture and
Society. A text reader. London: Routledge.
A presentation by Maryam Duale and Rebecca Lomas
Interpretations of power and male
masculinity in the black “ghetto”
O Hannerz – “…most ghetto dwellers neither have any nor are
actively working to acquire any (power) at present.”
O Taylor – “”A combination of contemporary social and economic
factors conspire to limit the black male’s access to status and
O Most studies regard black masculinity as an alternative to social
status, rather than an extension of it. Machoism is seen as a
substitute to power, …”inauthentic and illusory”.
O Is black masculinity best understood as a response to structural
inequality? Rather than a hostile entity, the black peer group
can be seen as a bade for interaction with a wider society.
Black women, white women:
“race” and control
O Black women generally considered by black males a “our”
women, exempt from the ideology of exploitation dominating the
O “Black women were associated with notions of family and the
community and therefore revered in their roles as mothers and
O “You tend to be more careful with a black girl. Because you
handle them with so much care – you don’t care about the other
races.” – young black male interviewed April 1995
O Black women are seen as much “stronger” than
white women, less open to sexual exploitation.
Partly due to the view that black women are more
aggressive and knowledgeable in interactions with
O Also regarded as sexually inaccessible in terms of
casual encounters. Young black men agreed that
they never looked to black girls for casual sex.
O Black women viewed with some trepidation. Could be
due to their being symbols of solidarity and
constraint. Upon meeting black women, the men felt
they were being judged, especially in their role as a
O Consolidates the view of black women as financially
independent and therefore in economic control within
relationships. This in turn leads to the perception of
black women as strong and outside the control of the
black man, thus posing a threat to his masculinity.
OCommon features in how young black
males try to establish control upon meeting
1. They asked what the women did – so they
could establish occupational superiority
2. They then asked if they had dated white
men, if they had they would be thought of
as ‘traitors’ and therefore no longer black
which means the men would have sense
of personal superiority.
O Reluctance amongst young black males to commit
themselves to a relationship with white females is equally to
do with ideology as it is personal preference. Such
relationships were viewed by some as undermining
community solidarity. One young black man was quoted as
claiming, “It’s weakening my race.”
O White women perceived as “their” women. Any involvement
with them was seen in terms of the wider social position of
black people. the woman is seen in relation to wider power
structures and imbalances. Therefore, manipulation and
objectification of white women can be seen as a response to
wider social forces.
O When asked, most young black males gave “race” as
the central feature in these relationships. Women
become objectifications of “white” and men of
O Interactions between the two are structured by
overarching racial and sexual stereotypes,
implemented by both sides. White women cast
primarily within a sexual role, with little prospect of
long-term commitments while black men are cast in
the “black stud” role, fuelled by the myth of black
O it would be too simplistic, therefore, to regard the
attitudes of young black men as purely exploitative.
Within the wider social arena in which such
encounters take place, a number of other pressures
and role constraints must be considered, rendering
the whole concept of control ambiguous and shifting.