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ConnexionsHistories of Race and Sex in North America$
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Jennifer Brier, Jim Downs, and Jennifer L. Morgan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040399

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040399.001.0001

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Strange Love

Strange Love

Searching for Sexual Subjectivities in 1950s Black Print Popular Culture

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(p.256) Chapter 11 Strange Love
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Leisa D. Meyer

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040399.003.0011

This chapter analyzes the ongoing negotiations among individuals and within groups that appear—are written and crafted and responded to—in the pages of black print popular culture magazines during the period immediately following World War II. Through this interrogation, the chapter reveals the complex and diverse sexual subjectivities (or potential subjectivities) of African American women—as these subjectivities are articulated, debated, weighed, explored, reconfigured, and at times rejected. What becomes clear through these publications is that while there is an explicit and often direct engagement with racialist white normative cultural presumptions (stereotypes) concerning African American sexuality, alternative sexual subjectivities are also explicitly suggested, discussed, and debated within these pages.

Keywords:   1950s, black print, popular culture, sexual subjectivities, African American women, African American sexuality, stereotypes, postwar period, stereotypes

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