Racism as a Misandric Aggression: Assessing the Consequence of the Man-Not Concept

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


In The Man-Not, I argue “instead of being protected by patriarchy, Black men and boys are revealed to be its greatest victims under closer examination.” To say that racism is a misandric aggression is to say that racism is a form of dehumanization targeting Black males through lethal violence and sexual caricature with the intent of eliminating this group from society. This paper will argue for an understanding of patriarchy based on racial kinship, defend a phallicistic account of racist violence, and explain the need for the Man-Not as a theoretical intervention into gender/genre theories. Extending the subordinate male target hypothesis of Jim Sidanius and Felecia Pratto, and the work of Global South Masculinities, Black Male Studies not only argues that Black males are the primary targets of patriarchal violence, but that such violence inverts “patriarchal” gender relations within the Black race such that anti-Black misandry is the most dominant and most virulent form of sexual violence. In short, the theory of misandric aggression argues that Black men and boys are targeted because of their racialized maleness in the United States.
Period19 Jun 2020
Held atSchool of Advanced Study, University of London, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational