Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of by Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr.

By Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr.

African American males who've intercourse with males whereas preserving a heterosexual way of life in public are attracting expanding curiosity from either the overall media and students. regularly often called “down-low” or “DL” males, many proceed to have relationships with girlfriends and better halves who stay ignorant of their same-sex wishes, and in a lot of the media, DL males were portrayed as companies of HIV who unfold the virus to black women. Sexual Discretion explores the DL phenomenon, supplying refreshingly cutting edge research of the importance of media, house, and beliefs of black masculinity in realizing down low communities.

In Sexual Discretion, Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. offers the 1st in-depth exam of the way the social expectancies of black masculinity intersect and complicate expressions of same-sex affection and wish. inside those underground DL groups, males aren’t as hugely policed—and hence may be able to continue their public roles as “properly masculine.” McCune attracts from resources that variety from R&B singer R. Kelly’s epic hip-hopera sequence Trapped within the Closet to Oprah's high-profile exposé on DL tradition; and from E. Lynn Harris’s modern sexual passing novels to McCune’s personal interviews and ethnography in nightclubs and on-line chat rooms. Sexual Discretion details the motives, pressures, and negotiations riding males who hardly reveal their intimate secrets.

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