By Gary L. Lemons
One man's account of turning into a feminist professor.
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Arguing against the “compartmentalization” of struggle, Carbado decries its formulation as rooted in a separatist ideology that contributed to a failure of political mobilization: “Black civil rights efforts often are not connected to women’s civil rights efforts, which often are not connected to gay and lesbian civil rights efforts” (3). While Carbado does not claim that the essays in this volume constitute a feminist text (though many of the contributors do identify themselves as feminist or write from that perspective necessarily), he clearly couches them within an extended argument around the issues that would shape its contents.
Black Feminist Theory in Practice The first memoir-writing course I taught at the college in 1993 was based on bell hooks’s book Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black (1989). It served as the primary text for the class. ” In hooks’s slender volume of personal essays about the politics of feminism and race in her life, I discovered a form of memoir writing that connected feminist thinking with antiracist politics, and I also discovered that it represented an amazing tool for teaching writing for social justice.
While Carbado does not claim that the essays in this volume constitute a feminist text (though many of the contributors do identify themselves as feminist or write from that perspective necessarily), he clearly couches them within an extended argument around the issues that would shape its contents. In “Straight Out of the Closet: Men, Feminism, and Male Heterosexual Privilege” (the epilogue), focusing mainly on what he conceives as the project of the black-male-feminist critic, he acknowledges Michael Awkward and Luke Harris’s theoretical work on black-male-feminist criticism.
Black Male Outsider: Teaching As a Pro-Feminist Man by Gary L. Lemons