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In the past year, J.L. King's On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of "Straight" Black Men Who Sleep with Men, a New York Times Magazine piece and Oprah attention helped make a cultural phenomenon out of life "on the DL." Here, writer and activist Boykin (One More River to Cross) addresses what he sees as the implicitly racist and homophobic undertones of the media's coverage. He offers a point-by-point refutation of King's take on the DL - King's book, Boykin says, suffers from overgeneralizations, inconsistencies and distortions - and accuses King of serving up another "stereotypical image of black men as pathological liars, surreptitiously satisfying their primitive sexual cravings by cheating on their wives." But the heart of Boykin's argument is that the media, which often blame closeted black men for transmitting HIV to their female partners, are avoiding the opportunity to responsibly discuss the realities of sexuality, gender, race and AIDS. Boykin lucidly draws on science as well as personal experience in this important book. And while many of the cultural manifestations of black sexuality that Boykin documents here are fascinating - e.g., references to the DL (which Boykin defines as cheating on a partner regardless of one's sexuality) in popular music - the power of his book comes from his impassioned call to examine the real facts of sexual behavior and HIV transmission. (Feb.)
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This book was ok, but I found it a little disappointing. It was not as well written as the Down low, but it was ok.Published 15 months ago by Betty Crews
I did not like it at all it was not what it advertised. it was for people who do not have a clue to this lifestyle, or for those who want to learn about this life style. Read morePublished 19 months ago by William Holland
Boykin confuses having affairs with being on the down-low. There's a specific, succinct definition for living on the "down-low. Read morePublished 23 months ago by investigative reader
A very well written expose of how hyperbole and hype have once again consumed the collective consciousness of America. Boykin presents an antidote to the musings of J.L. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Demian
This book is a page turner... the author masterfully broke down every angle of this term "Down Low" to show the mischaracterizations of this "DL" term which has... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Alan Williams
I'm so glad that I'm finally getting around to reviewing this book "Beyond the Down Low" I am disappointed with myself that I did not pick up the book sooner. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Percy E. Holmes
Informative. Important to a whole lotta people..clearly, who don't admit it. But, well done, and "Bravo" to the author. I recommend this.Published on June 26, 2013 by leevon
Wasn't very informative most of the info I'd already heard or know. It wasn't a easy read but it had tons of facts and opinion's.Published on March 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer