Richard Pitt’s New Book: “Focus on black, gay or Hispanic men troubling in study of the macho man”

Most troubling about the research on hypermasculinity to Richard Pitt, Vanderbilt assistant professor of sociology and AMSA Board Member, is how often it focuses on men who are black, Hispanic and/or gay.

Pitt looks at the field of study in a chapter titled “Revisiting Hypermasculinity: Shorthand for Marginalized Masculinities,” in the book Where Are the Brothers: Essays and Studies on African American Masculinities.

“Hypermasculinity is studied as something largely negative so when the term is so often linked to marginalized populations like blacks and Hispanics, the knee-jerk reaction is to think of black and Hispanic men as problematic members of society“Hypermasculinity is studied as something largely negative so when the term is so often linked to marginalized populations like blacks and Hispanics, the knee-jerk reaction is to think of black and Hispanic men as problematic members of society,” Pitt said.

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