The Man-Not

Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood
Narrated by: Chris Monteiro
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Gender Issues
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Tommy J. Curry’s provocative audiobook The Man-Not is a justification for black male studies. He posits that we should conceptualize the black male as a victim oppressed by his sex. The Man-Not, therefore, is a corrective of sorts, offering a concept of black males that could challenge the existing accounts of black men and boys desiring the power of white men who oppress them that has been proliferated throughout academic research across disciplines.

Curry argues that black men struggle with death and suicide, as well as abuse and rape, and their genred existence deserves study and theorization. This audiobook offers intellectual, historical, sociological, and psychological evidence that the analysis of patriarchy offered by mainstream feminism (including black feminism) does not yet fully understand the role that homoeroticism, sexual violence, and vulnerability play in the deaths and lives of black males. Curry challenges how we think of and perceive the conditions that actually affect all black males.

©2017 Temple University - Of The Commonwealth System of Higher Education (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"This book is the one that I've been waiting for. Curry has taken a bullet for the brothers." (Ishmael Reed, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and visiting scholar at the California College of the Arts)

"Required reading for anyone interested in understanding oppression or having unquestioned assumptions put to the test." (Charles W. Mills, distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center)

"This is a triumph in Black studies and about how the African-American man and boy is written. I felt pride and satisfaction reading this book." (The Good Men Project)

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Well researched!

I applaud this book's brutal honesty. The author encourages us to keep an open mind to current events as well as historical facts that help him illustrate the precarious position of the black man in this American society.

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Excellent Presentation

I highly recommend this Audiobook and the print copy of the Man-Not.

Breathtaking Magnum Opus!

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Amazingly honest and shockingly refreshing!!!!!

It was hard to listen to this book because it was saying a lot of things I did not want to hear about black men and people in general. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to listen to it tho. I recommend this book for everyone to listen to. Bravo to the narrator.

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The Introduction Alone Makes This Book Worth Buying

This is the first book I’ve ever owned where I’ve been compelled to buy the physical copy due to how extensively the author supported his/her claims with studies, quotations, and verifiable statistics. This book is the only book of its type covering the subject matter and if you consider yourself a researcher of black culture this is a must-have.

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Wow is an understatement....

this book is too heavy for some perhaps. but I believe it truly shines a light on the dilemma of the black male in today's society. Not much sugar coating on what's said throughout the book. I think those outside of the black experience may take offense to what is said but in my view, that won't be the first time. The book shines a light on how society has deemed it almost alright to thrust the issues that black males face into the shadows. As a black male, much of what was said struck hard. I'd say all folks of color/nationalities/sex should listen to this book. In this day and age were black male incarceration/death/violence seem to be of such immensity but with little clarity as to the past ramifications that have predestined the many issues facing black males, this book shines a light on many of the issues blacks face in their struggles for social inclusion and survival. amazingly heavy. will recommend to others who have open thoughts and aspirations towards the issues that affect black America as a whole.

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A Masterpiece!

Dr. Curry has ignited a much needed discussion on the state of the Black Male!

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a must read and about time

insanity to all issues in this book were addressed bravo! this should be taught in junior high high school and college.

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Great Read

I can not put inti words what this book has revealed to me. I am still shocked and formulating my thoughts about all of the points made by this brilliant author. this book is one that I will have to revisit and purchase in a hard copy so that I can highlight the points that I want to share with my family and friends.

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Great Information

Great Information. Enlightening and offers a fresh perspective to consider, but difficult at times to follow the argument. Still great book.

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thought provoking

This book was thought provoking. This book brings into focus the reasoning behind why we can never really have a racial discussion in this country. It really overstates what is needed to be said about the injustice practiced against the black man. And that is an understatement.