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GNDS 120 Study Guide - Quiz Guide: Combahee River, Slut-Shaming, Jackson Katz

Gender Studies
Course Code
GNDS 120
Jill Smith
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GNDS 120 Week 6 Reading
Male gays and the male male gaze:
conversation in media on whether gay and bi men are being sexist while making offhand
misogynistic comments
misogyny: intrinsically tied to sexual desire men dictating what women do or who
they are, in order to appease the male gaze all while upholding a patriarchy. Includes: fat
shaming, slut shaming, men touching women without consent
For too long we have all been contented to our male privilege and complacent toward
misogyny. But that’s how privilege works and why so many of us choose to stay
comfortable rather than address it.
Because gay and bi men are systemically oppressed because of our sexuality, we cannot
go on believing that our other identities such as our gender or race automatically
mean we cannot oppress others.
We must deconstruct the patriarchy, listen to the concerns raised by women, and work on
creating safe spaces for their voices to be heard.
Black gay men and their relationship to feminism:
active feminism is important for gay men because gay men can benefit from patriarchy.
If classism, sexism, and racism are inextricably linked through a thread of oppression,
then the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality are bound together through a thread of
equality, anchored in waves of feminism.
Transfiguring Masculinities:
the Combahee River Collective (CRC) Statement, a founding text in black women’s
studies and a theoretical blueprint for numerous movements within the last several
decades, is among the earliest texts to explicitly engage and theorize an inclusive black
feminist politic.
As the CRC Statement authors suggest, “Although we are feminists and Lesbians, we feel
solidarity with progressive Black men and do not advocate the fractionalization that white
women who are separatists demand”
the premise that studies of masculinity, which are situated within black women’s studies
have benefited from the inclusivity of the black feminist political and scholarly project.
black male feminism: black feminisms’ legacies of radical inclusivity of gender make
research, which encourages porousness in the line of gender distinction, necessarily
resituates black feminist transgender and cisgender menqueer and straightwithin
black women’s studies, in such a way that it acknowledges and extends the expansiveness
of black feminist theory and practice.
3.2 key points:
Jackson Katz explains in this unit, that masculinity makes its uses of violence seem to be
natural, not a social or political act.
Gramsci argued that the ruling class creates and promotes a culture that teaches working
people identities and beliefs that lift up the wealthy, protect them from criticism, and
make the suffering of working people seem to be natural or incontestable
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