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Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  19 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
How does it feel to be a black man in America? It hurts, but in a beautiful way.



So Shawn Taylor says—and a lot more—in this unapologetic and sharply critical exploration of the hatred and anxiety that American society harbors toward black men, and the fear and confusion that black men harbor toward themselves. Mixing humor, rage, and startling vulnerability, Taylor leads u
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Imogen
Jun 02, 2008 Imogen rated it really liked it
Well, this had been looking at me from the new nonfiction display for a couple months before I folded and read it. And it was good! It's not perfect, but like, there's an acknowledgment of the homophobia and an 'I'm working on it.' Y'know?

It's also super readable, and ultimately, while it's presented as like 'here's all about black masculinity in america in 2008,' the content is closer to 'here's one kind of outlierly dude's relation to black masculinity, white masculinity, and a bunch of other
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Christine Baese
Jul 31, 2014 Christine Baese rated it really liked it
Quality communication on masculinity and blackness. The pace is good, and the mix of storytelling and commentary is balanced. I would read more from this writer.
William
Jul 12, 2012 William rated it it was amazing
This was a really surprisingly introspective and insightful look at social expectations placed on men, black men in particular, in modern American society. The author talks about gender, race, homophobia, in a totally honest voice, making no excuses for his own attitudes or behavior.

The title refers to the stereotypes and fears that white America has about African American men, but it's also a serious look at male roles that guys from all races and orientations can relate to.
Alex
Dec 16, 2011 Alex rated it liked it
It's a nice memoir with an appropriate amount of humor and real topics. As well it has explanation that though they don't cover all black men do explain some things that many go through growing up in a society that seeks to view them as unwanted, trouble, and disposable.
Brandi
Feb 15, 2012 Brandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: african-american
Don't let the irreverent title put you off. This is a great social commentary on popular attitudes in black (straight) male society and how the author's own ideas and attitudes have changed over time. It's wonderfully insightful, honest and humorous.
Stephanie
Nov 21, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This book is quite excellent. Anyone interested in the intersection of gender, race, and class would definitely appreciate what Shawn Taylor has to say about his experience being a black man in the U.S.
S
Jun 25, 2009 S rated it really liked it
This book was pretty funny, and actually a nice break from the mainstream portrayal of masculinity. I would be interested to see the author perform.
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