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Connections: Gender Policing and Expectations for Black Males

Jan 28, 2016

We talk about gender policing and what it means to be both black and gay. The impetus for the conversation is an unfortunate series of events surrounding one of the best players in football, Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants. Beckham might not even be gay, and his story prompted Slate.com to lament, "This sort of witch hunt is the reason why black men and athletes still don't like coming out of the closet, and black masculinity continues to make life more difficult for all of us, regardless of our sexuality."

So what is gender policing? And what's the story with Beckham? Our guests discuss it:

  • Kelly Clark, Ph.D., author of the blog, He Throws Like a Girl, and past director of community safety programs at the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley
  • Ed Brockenbrough, Ph.D., University of Rochester professor who teaches on, among other things, gender and sexual justice in schools