More Misconceptions: What Ray J Tells Us About Black Masculinity

Ray J's lashing out in effort to validate his manliness on Monday morning radio has been telling for all men who have shared his experience leading up to how he feels he must be to prove he's a man.
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Not Black? Don’t Say It. @hfdavis
So I'm just taking a writing breather and getting caught on this Ray J/Fab foolishness in more detail ... Black men, we need help
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Ray J shows our susceptibility to the influences of Black men who believe "money, cash, hoes" + "hit 'em up" lifestyles is what makes a man
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He's as human as you or I and has been a product of generations of misconceptions about the true manner of men bragging about violence +
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material possessions and money made from hypermasculine activities, in this case gambling and boxing.
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Not to mention his profuse need to call other men a "punk faggots" in effort to build up his own maleness and mask his insecurity #RayJ
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Fellas: Challenging another man's sexuality erroneously says nothing about him and more about your inability to be secure w/ yourself #RayJ
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And even if the other man were gay, bisexual, trans or questioning, what authority are you to suggest he is any less of a man? I'll wait.
Not Black? Don’t Say It. @hfdavis
We need to stop these gender performances that are destructive to ourselves, other men, women and our sons yet unborn. Stop. this. bullshit.
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@NegreauxProblem I think it's deeper in that the men who are available are setting poor examples as the role models we come to accept
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RT @Elliottqclp: @cdavisspeaks ? so does bravado and financial astuteness play no role in manliness?
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@Elliottqclp I believe they're one dimensional and incomplete as are any single factors
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RT @Elliottqclp:Chest thumping has always been intrinsic part of masculinity. Its not wise or healthy but it is manly.
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@Elliottqclp Intrinsic according to? Maleness + manhood are different things. Gender as a social construct limits broader concepts of both
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@NegreauxProblem You're right, and we need more progressive ideas about masculinity to be taught to young men and boys by progressive men.
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RT @Elliottqclp: what RayJ did was acutely one dimensional and in poor taste. However I cant chastise a gender based on his display.
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@Elliottqclp The issue for me is that these types of performances perpetuate misconceptions about masculinity and substantiate false truths
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@Elliottqclp While you or I may not thing it's acceptable, many and most men will take no issue with his behavior or justification therein
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RT @Elliottqclp: You're absolutely right. The publicity testosterone and angry driven displays of false bravado are unacceptable.
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RT @Elliottqclp: this behavior will be misinterpreted by the youth as "Manly".

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