- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 11, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1425959768
- ISBN-13: 978-1425959760
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,332,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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White Men Can't Hump (As Good As Black Men): Volume II: Sex & Race in America
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About the Author
For you the reader to fully understand where White Men Can't Hump will take you; you must first understand where the author has been. Todd Wooten is nothing more than a Black Man who grew up in a small country town in Central Ohio. After graduating from high school, Todd Wooten embarked on the following journey: enlisted in the U.S. Marines, worked as a prison guard, worked as a bouncer, worked as a mall cop, worked as a paramedic, and worked as a firefighter. This journey has allowed him to meet people from all 50 states, of numerous different Races, and from all walks of life. His travels in the U.S. and abroad have served as his only true education. His life, past and present, have been shaped by this journey, and his personal experiences helped to shape White Men Can't Hump. America's views on Race and Sex, past and present, are the foundation for White Men Can't Hump. White Men Can't Hump is merely a reflection of where the author and America have crossed paths. By living a life among America's regular people, he has been able to tap into America's attitudes on Race and Sex. Therefore, White Men Can't Hump is merely a reflection of all of us, whether we like it or not, and whether we admit it or not. White Men Can't Hump is the story of Race and Sex in America, and Todd Wooten is merely a grass-roots level storyteller; so read with caution, and please enjoy.
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Top Customer Reviews
Think again. He uses bold type, capital letters and italics to establish a cadence that I can hear. I feel that I am in a Southern Baptist church and he is the preacher at the pulpit, looking me straight in the eye as I sit in my pew, and bringing the gospel home to me on the wings of his passion.
The message is clear. Racism is still alive in the United States and none of us can just get over it.
The book is a plea for racial reconciliation. It begs the reader, not only to get past the book's cover, but to get past the stereotypes that divide us. It informs us that racism, and the legacy of slavery, remains deeply ingrained in the psyche of our nation. At the top of every page, Mr. Wooten asks the reader to "Put yourself in the author's shoes." I did, and was astonished by the view. He not only describes historic events, but tells us how those events were experienced by black people. And, he tells us about the social and political repercussions.
And yes, he does address the sexual questions that the cover of the book teases the reader in with. Does size matter? Are black men better lovers, and if so, why? He arrived at his conclusions through personal experience as a widely traveled and perceptive individual. If anyone acknowledges the error in embracing stereotype as scripture, it is Wooten. Nonetheless, his generalizations are both astute and humorous and for this reviewer, at least, convey the ring of truth.
Wooten postulates that resentment and fear of black male sexuality is at the heart of racial hatred. He maintains that from the days of slavery when European white men first looked on the larger, stronger, well-endowed bodies of their African male slaves, they felt provoked to repress a perceived threat to their own manhood. In defense of this conviction, he asks why it was not enough to simply hang a black man, often for a transgression a white man would not even have been chastised for, but also necessary to cut off his genitals? He then examines the subtle, and not so subtle, ways in which black men continue being "neutered" by our educational system, entertainment media, criminal justice system, and the perpetuation of the stereotype of the black male as sexually irresponsible and animalistic. He questions, and answers, the causes of the high rate of black male incarceration, the prevalence of the dead beat dad (Mr. Wooten says he considered using the title, "White Men Can't Hump and Black Men Don't Pay Child Support"), and the enduring depiction of black men on film and in television as pimps and thugs.
If you intend to pass judgment on the book, do your homework and read it first. It is no joke. If you can get beyond the cover and "put yourself in the author's shoes," you will go on a journey that will open your eyes and ears to the common everyday expressions of racism that still exist in our country. The prose may be raw, but so, yet, is the wound of racism. At the bottom of every page of the book is the inscription: "Life is Too Short to Hate." Amen.
middle age but am fairly muscular and endowed. From my experiences
i was FAR bigger than most women had taken (or so they said) and i
considered myself lucky.I actually think that size does count (in my view
it's the MOST important thing).The author's stereotypes are MUCH too
exaggerated. All white men are NOT smaller than EVERY black man but
it seems that the author wants to insinuate that they are. Just like in the
NFL every single black man is NOT better than EVERY white athlete.
In my view more often than not many black men would like everyone
to believe that just because they are black that they run faster ,jump higher
and have a bigger penis. I imagine in our society that they(black men) have
little to hold onto so out comes this book. Once again a lot of truth in the
book but relies FAR TOO MUCH on stereotypes.
That's a damn shame, because the author really has something to say, and he says it really well. Any book that makes me think hard, often makes me laugh even harder, and even occasionally makes me feel like I suddenly understand things I've wondered about for years -- well, I call that a book WELL worth reading!
I'm a white woman, and I found this book when I was contemplating getting romantically involved with a black man who told me ALL of his prior relationships had been with white women, that he had zero attraction to black women. Well, that made me curious about the black men/white women phenomenon, so off I went to Amazon and found this book on a keyword search...
...but this book is by no means just a discussion of that particular phenomenon -- its scope is far, far wider. Actually I finished the book feeling like I ALSO had a much better understanding of some common white male attitudes toward "their" (i.e. white) women. (The "White Male Happy Meal" concept alone is worth ten times the price of the book -- I nearly laughed myself to death, and of course what made it so funny was that once I read the description of the phenomenon, suddenly in retrospect I recognized its footprints all OVER my own past relationships.)
The author's very informal, idiosyncratic style includes a TREMENDOUS sense of humor, but make no mistake -- this man has done his homework. And THEN he's crunched the info with both formidable intelligence and an understanding of human nature. If you've got the guts to get past the title, I think that (like me) you'll often end up saying, "Ohmigawd, I never thought of that, but he's RIGHT!"