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Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism (PB)

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In Black Sexual Politics, one of America's most influential writers on race and gender explores how images of Black sexuality have been used to maintain the color line and how they threaten to spread a new brand of racism around the world today.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 14th 2005 by Routledge (first published 2004)
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May 03, 2012 erin rated it it was amazing
In Black Sexual Politics, Hill Collins offers up a dense look at the current & historical landscape of Blackness in the U.S.A. Hill Collins opens the book by explaining why issues of Black identity centered around sexuality are unique, a point that she proves thoroughly throughout the book. She also uses analysis of pop culture to help outline the "New Racism" of our post-Civil Rights culture. Ultimately Hill Collins argues that Black sexual politics must change (especially in this current a ...more
Brian TramueL
Jan 26, 2014 Brian TramueL rated it really liked it
I approached this read with the understanding that identities are always influx, complicated, and often times contradictory. The author does an incredible job proving her theory. The take-away for me was an understanding of how numerous theoretical frameworks assist us in engaging black sexual and gender politics within a historical and contemporary context.

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Feb 11, 2014 Ülkü Doğan rated it really liked it
focusing on the social injustice in the US in a framework of intersectionality of gender, race and class basicly. examines both black men & women's representation on popular culture and the different type of experiences of segregation/discrimination/stereotyping they lived through the history and today.

history of the domination of black men and women and how differently they experienced this domination; black women's and men's representations on pop culture according to their class (working
Mar 06, 2015 Alisha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: afro-criticism
"Black sexual politics consists of a set of ideas and social practices shaped by gender, race, and sexuality that frame Black men and women's treatment of one another, as well as how African Americans are perceived and treated by others."

This a holistic look at both the past and present (or past-IN-present) ideologies of Black women and Black men and their sexualities. These repressive ideologies have spawn an array of controlling images — gender-specific depictions that are used in aid of powe
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Jan 18, 2009 Critical Hysteria rated it it was amazing
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Feb 28, 2016 Ayanna Dozier rated it really liked it
Patricia Hill Collins' book is a social diagnostics of sexuality in the American Black community. She examines images, literature, popular culture to trace the how Black sexuality is discussed in the public and in turn how it affects Black lives. Hill Collins' book is very much centered on sexuality insofar as it pertains to heterosexuality and thus offers scant diagnostics on the nuances and gender reversal that queer sexuality offers. This is an oversight, however, that Hill Collins is very mu ...more
Ralowe Ampu
Oct 25, 2013 Ralowe Ampu rated it really liked it
it's not possible to dislike this book, and really my biggest quibble (or whatever is a size or two above 'quibble') is the inconsistency of its theorization. it's not as harsh as it sounds, as this book is an important baseline. it's a nice birthday gift for the well-intentioned acquaintance. a well-intentioned friend would deserve a more involved conversation. the tragedy was that the book would endlessly write against itself. it was trying to get to a genderqueer sense through gender binary c ...more
Cara Byrne
This was the most disappointing book I've read in a long time. After reading Hill Collins' moving and impressive _Black Feminist Thought_, I looked forward to reading her take on "the new Racism" and gender and sexuality. I expected her to continue with some of the central claims she has made in earlier works, while considering womanism, queer thought and new race theory. Yet, instead, she makes massive claims without backing them up well, and there is very little in this book that seems innovat ...more
Joshunda Sanders
Nov 14, 2011 Joshunda Sanders rated it really liked it
This book is fantastic, with a great blend of history, popular culture and gender theory analysis to go along with a strong sexuality-based critique of what she calls the new racism. She quotes some of my heroes extensively, and here is my favorite, from James Baldwin - an excerpt, actually. From Nobody Knows My Name in 1993: "Yet, it is only when a man is able, without bitterness or self-pity, to surrender a dream he has long cherished or a privilege he has long possessed that he is set free -- ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Camille rated it it was amazing
wish it said more about sexuality
Aug 17, 2014 Yellow-craion rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappontments
So a few years ago I read a couple of pages from the beginning, the bit with the movie theater. It got me curious.

The first thing that I noticed when I started reading this? It's binarist and cis-sexist. A few years ago I wouldn't have notice and most likely wouldn't have even known those words. Now I can't help but notice. But ok, I read further, preparing myself for sexuality as in gay or straight and nothing more. I get up till page 16 where I see "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenderED". Y
Apr 01, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
I am still reading this book and enjoying every minute of it. I have taken longer than anticipated because the author poses questions that I have to sincerely ponder on and decide what my stance is on the particular issue being raised. Although I do not agree with all of the specifics, I am in agreement with the generalities. I am looking forward to reading the other work that I have by the same author.
Doug Rice
Jul 05, 2013 Doug Rice rated it it was amazing
important and powerful insights. Theoretically informed and dense but written in a way that opens rather than closes discussion and thought. Very intelligent book
Jun 09, 2011 Bradley rated it it was amazing
Urgent and deeply penetrating; Collins argues that the conversation is long overdue and that the restraints keeping America from talking are fickle
Apr 02, 2008 Sam rated it liked it
Enlightening... but the problems feel so much bigger than some of the (possible) solutions presented here.
Mar 08, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-school
Read excerpts for 20th Century Black Feminist Thought and Practice in the US, Fall 2013.
Nov 17, 2014 Cool rated it did not like it
Stay far away from this book. Wish I could give it zero stars.
May 03, 2008 Bridget rated it really liked it
Shelves: college-reading
Brilliant. Still need to read the sections we skipped over though.
Sep 13, 2014 Kels rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, whitman
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Recommended to Noelle by: School.
Jul 27, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Wake up black people!
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Patricia Hill Collins (born May 1, 1948) is currently a Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also the former head of the Department of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati, and the past President of the American Sociological Association Council.

Collins' work primarily concerns issues involving feminism and gender wi
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“Under the color-blind ideology of the new racism, Blackness must be SEEN as evidence for the alleged color blindness that seemingly characterizes contemporary economic opportunity.” 15 likes
“Thus, gender ideology no only creates ides about femininity but it also shapes conceptions of masculinity.” 12 likes
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