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Interview-based research of up to date African American feminist males.

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Bruce was born in 1949, grew up in Georgia, and was 47 at the time of the interview. He was involved in two violent marriages before his current marriage of almost ten years. He currently resides in Georgia and has six children from previous relationships. Wearing a flannel shirt and denim overalls that blended well with his ebony skin, and with a warm, casual, down-to-earth interpersonal style, Bruce boldly admitted: When you become antisexist, you are perceived by others as a defector. Men don’t trust you, and a lot of women don’t trust you either.

When asked about how he became involved in feminist activism, Rex responded: My experiences as a Black gay man have been at the heart of the antisexist work that I do. . One of the messages that men get growing up is that the worst thing in the world for a man is to be gay, and to be gay is interpreted as being like a woman. ” To come to grips with being gay has meant, for me, coming to grips with the negative attitudes that men have about women and to realize that there is nothing awful about being like a woman!

Cudjoe has a smooth caramel complexion and is of average height and weight. His youthful energy and fast-talking pace kept the interview intense and highly spirited. What’s more, his personal adventures “on the road to feminism” and his hilarious storytelling style kept us both in stitches. With some coaxing, he described his fascination with the writings of White American feminist Naomi Wolf: I was driving somewhere and I picked up a book on tape by popular feminist writer Naomi Wolf. I heard her speak when she was on the college lecture circuit promoting her book The Beauty Myth.

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