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Sexual Politics Final Exam Study Sheet

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HIP HOP SEXUAL POLITICS STUDY GUIDE

Boykin, Keith. Beyond the Down Low
• Impossibility of the “down low” identity
• Myths about the “down low” and the spread of HIV/AIDs
• Public policy initiatives to prevent spread of HIV/AIDs
• Major cause of HIV/AIDs related deaths in African American Community
• Nushawn Williams
• Nikko Briteramos
Collins, Patricia Hills. Black Sexual Politics
• Progressive or, non-hegemonic black gender ideology
• Hegemonic representations of black masculinity and black femininity in popular media (especially as these relate to class differences among African Americans)
• Linguistic, historical, and cultural origins of controlling images of Black people (nigga, ho, pimp, hustler, sissie, etc)
• How racism and heterosexism shape representations of black sexuality in popular culture
• How mass imprisonment of people of African descent perpetuates Black homophobia, heterosexism, and has otherwise impacted urban communities.
• The politics of respectability and the black church
Bandele, Asha. The Prisoner’s Wife
• How can loving a prisoner be viewed as an act of rebellion against intersecting forms of oppression? Also read pages 275-278 in Black Sexual Politics.
• How can Bandele’s memoir serve as a critique of heteronormative ideals grounded in hegemonic gender ideology (i.e. racism, sexism, heterosexism, capitalism, ageism, etc).
Pritchard and Bibbs, “Queer Women of Color and Hip Hop” and Andreana Clay, “Queer Women of Color and Hip Hop Masculinity”
• Problems associated with patriarchal homosexuality in hip hop
• How can queer women of color perform black or hip hop masculinity in a way that rejects misogyny and sexism against women and girls?
• Ways that queer women have created spaces of political resistance in hip hop, and have otherwise “flipped the script” in hip hop culture
Neal, Mark Anthony. New Black Man.
• Possibilities and limitations of black male feminism
• “Thugniggaintellectual.” Also see Ayannah Moore’s self portrait by the same title.
• Black patriarchy and the problems with national black leadership movements
• Black patriarchy and the black clergy
• Alternative visions of black masculinity for the 21st century

Baby Mama/Baby Daddy Issues
• How have controlling images, or negative politicized identities of black motherhood and black fatherhood, influenced public policy in the United States?
• How have hip hop generationers developed alternative models of interpersonal family relationships that critique heteronormative notions of love, marriage, and the nuclear family?
• Positive contradictions of mothers loving hip hop

Key Terms/Hip Hop Icons

Heterosexism Homophobia Heteronormativity
“Generation EA” “Tip Drill” Kwame Kilpatrick
AFDC Sakia Gunn Thelma Golden
“Tyroninity” Karrine Steffans “Reagonomics”
DDC Queen Pen Jen Ro and Paradigm
Me’shell Ndegocello Drag King Pimp (noun and verb)
Joan Morgan R-Kelly Zora Neale Hurston


Also familiarize your self on key statistics regarding HIV/AID’s, black male incarceration, and rates of sexual abuse among black women. All of these are featured in the several of the readings, especially Collins, Boykin, and Sharpley-Whiting. Also be able to name at least four hip-hop organizations and/or significant events that have emerged in the last decade.