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Who is “The Man”?: From BLACK FIRE to THE BLACK WOMAN

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In this paper, I argue that the framing of Black Power in the pivotal anthologies BLACK FIRE(1968) and THE BLACK WOMAN (1970) reveals the insidious framing of the greater oppression (race or gender). I propose that those who were focusing on the intersections of these categories often approached the key question at the core of intersectionality: how is it that individuals live the contradictions between their marginal and dominant identity positions, their oppression and position as the oppressor? The Black Power movement is a fascinating lens through which to study the lived experience of these contradictions. The comparison of the anthologies BLACK FIRE and THE BLACK WOMAN shows that part of the oppression of blackened subjects has hinged on the separation of the categories "black" and "man" and "black" and "woman." The real connection between the Black Power men's movement and the Black Power women's movement may be the insistence, respectively, on black masculinity and black womanhood. Both movements then, not just the Black Power women's movement, use a politics of location that is a politics of intersectionality. This paper examines the deft maneuvers of some black women, during the Black Power movement, to find ways to fight the historical masculinizing of black women and feminizing of black men without reinforcing this normative gender script.
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Crawford, Margo. "Who is “The Man”?: From BLACK FIRE to THE BLACK WOMAN" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC, <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p206439_index.html>

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Crawford, M. N. "Who is “The Man”?: From BLACK FIRE to THE BLACK WOMAN" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p206439_index.html

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Abstract: In this paper, I argue that the framing of Black Power in the pivotal anthologies BLACK FIRE(1968) and THE BLACK WOMAN (1970) reveals the insidious framing of the greater oppression (race or gender). I propose that those who were focusing on the intersections of these categories often approached the key question at the core of intersectionality: how is it that individuals live the contradictions between their marginal and dominant identity positions, their oppression and position as the oppressor? The Black Power movement is a fascinating lens through which to study the lived experience of these contradictions. The comparison of the anthologies BLACK FIRE and THE BLACK WOMAN shows that part of the oppression of blackened subjects has hinged on the separation of the categories "black" and "man" and "black" and "woman." The real connection between the Black Power men's movement and the Black Power women's movement may be the insistence, respectively, on black masculinity and black womanhood. Both movements then, not just the Black Power women's movement, use a politics of location that is a politics of intersectionality. This paper examines the deft maneuvers of some black women, during the Black Power movement, to find ways to fight the historical masculinizing of black women and feminizing of black men without reinforcing this normative gender script.

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