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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (July 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041595150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415951500
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Drawing on vivid images of hypersexual blacks and the sociological theses of strong black women and weak black men, Collins explores an astonishing range of ideas and images through history, sociology, and popular culture. Rather than debate the dominance of race versus sex in the history of social injustice to black men and women, Collins offers a theory of "intersectionality," viewing race, gender, and sexuality together. She explores the social and personal implications of historical images (black men as rapists deserving of lynching and black women so immoral it was impossible to rape them) and more current concerns about the influence of prison culture on urban youth culture that glorifies connections between sex and violence. Demonstrating how the politics of race has traditionally neglected concerns about gender and sexual orientation, Collins explores a range of issues, advocating that black people "ready up some honesty" and redefine notions of masculinity and femininity. Vanessa Bush
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Patricia Hill Collins' brilliant and ground-breaking analysis of the urgency of a more progressive Black sexual politics among African Americans is nothing short of a 'tour de force.' This book is sure to be a foundational text in Black gender studies and a corrective to the continued erasure of gender and sexuality as important issues in mainstream African American Studies scholarship. Her foray into popular culture is particularly insightful as is her sophisticated theoretical approach to Black gender discourse around a number of issues including class dimensions of masculinity, violence against women, and HIV/AIDS. She demonstrates with extraordinary skill the bankruptcy of gender-blind anti-racist politics in the 21st century. Her wake-up call to Black America and the nation is heart-felt and piercing. No more business-as-usual is the loud message! -- Beverly Guy-Sheftall, co-author of Gender Talk
A leading scholar in the field of black feminist studies, Patricia Hill Collins once again challenges readers to think differently, this time about sexuality in black communities. Collins argues for a new black sexual politics, focused on liberating black women and men and highlighting the role of culture in this struggle. This book is sure to spark needed and timely debate. -- Cathy J. Cohen, author of The Boundaries of Blackness
A pathbreaking exploration of complex intersections of racism, sexism, and heterosexism! Patricia Hill Collins shows how
unhealthy sexual politics in black communities imbeds white-generated images of stereotyped masculinity, femininity, and sexuality. A well-documented argument for countering and replacing the sexist-racist views of hyper-sexual, too-strong black women and sexually irresponsible, too-weak black men both within and outside black communities. -- Joe R. Feagin, author of Racist America
Patricia Hill Collins has done it again! In her brilliant new book, Collins deepens her analysis of the intersections and
hierarchies of race, gender, sexuality and class, and extends her theoretical gaze with fresh and provocative interpretations of black popular culture. Black Sexual Politics charts the subtle evolution of a new racism that often goes undetected--and unaccounted for--while grappling with the complexities and contradictions within black life. This book is at once a theoretical tour de force and a must-read for all who care about the lives of black folk in the twenty-first century. -- Michael Eric Dyson, author of Why I Love Black Women
Collins expands the horizons of feminist and anti-racist thinking about some of the most disturbing issues of the contemporary post-civil rights era. Her focus on historical specificity of African American conditions and struggles illuminates the contours of--and strategies for--social justice projects in global as well as local political contexts. This book makes a distinguished contribution to critical theory and to classroom resources. -- Sandra Harding, editor of The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader
This well written text...[is] strongly recommend for public and academic libraries. -- Library Journal
Black Sexual Politics is one of the most steaming mad books on sexuality since the days of Andrea Dworkin...It constitutes a breakthrough. -- Village Voice
For the last 15 years Patricia Hill Collins has been one of the defining voices of contemporary feminist and race scholarship...As is true for many comparable works of such breadth, the primary contribution of 'Black Sexual Politics' is not so much the new data as it is the skillful synthesis and application of post civil rights scholarship on contemporary culture...The result is a race/class/gender/sexuality text-book on Black life that displays the ongoing relevance and utility of such scholarship when alchemically transformed through intersectionality. Indeed, I often thought while reading this book that it would be an excellent way to introduce students to race/class/gender/sexuality for it brings the principles and data up-to-date. -- Contemporary Sociology

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One of the most hardest hitting books in quite some time.
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"The Color Complex"--VARIOUS AUTHORS, is a very simple, straight forward analysis from a sociological point of view.
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She even praises media depictions of Black lesbian and gay characters.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on July 14, 2004
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Professor Hill Collins asserts that Black Americans will not be able to advance at the rate they could unless they develop a progressive gender politics. Many activist black women have critiqued the overall community for not taking gender issues seriously. Still, this book gives it a fresh perspective that takes multiple identities into account, especiall in the post-civil rights era.
Hill Collins does a fantastic job in stressing that Black Americans are not a monolithic group. In her discussion about the media, she looks at black portrayals dividing depictions by gender and class-based groups. In discussing marriage, she analyzes "same race, opposite gender" mandates as they affect straight sistas, straight brothas, and Black gay men and lesbians separately. She understands that identities do not work in isolation by sit side by side continually interacting with each other.
Hill Collins does an excellent job in showing how all Black people are affected by any oppression. She shows that straight Blacks are harmed by heterosexism too since that same system that deems gays deviants deem Blacks globally as hypersexual. In a chapter on gender violence, she claims that Black men who dismiss the rape of Black women may feel differently given that so many Black men are being raped in jails.
Many talking heads say that older Americans are not as eager to employ new technologies. However, Hill Collins, a graying woman, does well in mentioning how the internet and other new technologies are affecting Black folk. Her analysis of J.Lo, the film "Booty Call", and the rap "Get Yo' Freak On" shows that she is very knowledgeable about youth culture.
I was disappointed how little sexual orientation matters got brought up in her "Fighting Words.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Journey on May 25, 2005
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I am not afraid to look the reality of colorism in the eye and acknowledge that it does exist within the black community. It is my greatest hope and dream that someday the dark skinned black and the light skinned black will be seen as the one family in the future. I want so much to love the lightskinned sister and brother as my own reflection and not be divided from them or made to feel that one is treated better than the other, but sadly, that day is not here and this book bravely and powerfully illustrates that point to the fullest.

I am a medium brown colored woman, my mother was very dark skinned and I have witnessed the evils of skin color prejudice all my life. In most situations, it was Black Men who were prejudiced against myself and the women around me beccause of our coloring. These men felt no shame or limit in their racist intra-family prejudice and measured their entire lives by how many light skinned or white women they could attain and how light brite their children could come out. It's everywhere and anyone who denies it is both a fool and a liar.

That is why I highly recommend THE BLACKER THE BERRY by Wallace Thurman. There is no truer portrait of the self-hatred among our people than the one extolled in this book, and what makes it even sadder is that this book was written in the 1920's. So that only shows how deep this kind of evil runs.

Lately, I have become very interested in this subject and I have searched for other books that explore this subject with intelligence, honest, beauty and wisdom and I have found several that I consider to be classics on the subject of Colorism.

(1) MARITA GOLDEN'S book "Don't Play In the Sun" is definitely the most modern up to date book of the bunch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big Nicky on November 2, 2012
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I ordered this book for my Psychology of Gender class and it is a good book. It gives you insight into politics and sexuality of today regarding African Americans and it is something. It gives details of how African Americans are portrayed in society in a modern aspect of everyday experiences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mistermaxxx08 HALL OF FAME on March 12, 2012
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this book goes places that Hollywood will never go and breaks it all done and points at how Black Sexuality is still a scary sight for alot of people. think back to Janet Jackson and how long was she Black balled behind an incident where Justin TImberlake was the one tugging at her? now let that Be Usher tugging at Britney Spears and how much you wanna bet Usher would be at a Grammy award show the following week singing and collecting awards? the sexual double standard is very real and from the color of skin, hair and imagery taboo and inner politics still impact and effect so much. I enjoyed this book and nothing i hadn't heard or seen up close in my life time. One of the most hardest hitting books in quite some time. RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janelle Evans on February 10, 2013
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Hill Collins has written and collected several powerful essays that explain how the African American culture is viewed in modern day America. It is a wonderful book that helps readers of all ethnicities and educational backgrounds recognize the unspoken racism that dominates our culture and to comprehend the damage that this disease does to everyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Cooper on March 30, 2010
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Black Sexual Politics is a very insightful book. I suggest it for anyone that is interested in understanding the dynamics of race,sex and politics. You'll look at racism in film and television in a whole new light.
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