Ain't I a Feminist?: African American Men Speak Out on Fatherhood, Friendship, Forgiveness, and Freedom
Interview-based study of contemporary African American feminist men.
Ain’t I a Feminist? presents the life stories of twenty African American men who identify themselves as feminists, centering on the turning points in their lives that shaped and strengthened their commitment to feminism, as well as the ways they practice feminism with women, children, and other men. In her analysis, Aaronette M. White highlights feminist fathering practices; how men establish egalitarian relationships with women; the variety of Black masculinities; and the interplay of race, gender, class, and sexuality politics in American society. Coming from a wide range of family backgrounds, ages, geographical locations, sexualities, and occupations, each man also shares what he experiences as the personal benefits of feminism, and how feminism contributes to his efforts towards social change. Focusing on the creative agency of Black men to redefine the assumptions and practices of manhood, the author also offers recommendations regarding the socialization of African American boys and the reeducation of African American men in the interest of strengthening their communities.
Aaronette M. White is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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Framing the Issues
The Sons of Sojourner Truth
Challenging Assumptions About Power
The Need and Willingness to Change
5 Romantic Relationships with Feminist Women
6 Platonic Friendships with Feminist Women
7 Men as Friends Brothersand Lovers
Nurturing Interactions with Children
9 Private CommitmentsPublic Actions
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