Sunday, October 23, 2016

Moonlight: A film about growing up gay and black

One's interpretation of masculinity is affected by the culture in which they grew up. Amongst people of color, researchers may often study masculinity as compensatory masculinity, which scholar Karen Pyke “understands . . . [as being] composed of strategies in which men with less cultural power and authority might engage to collect forms of privilege that flow more seamlessly to groups of men less marginalized by culturally dominant forms of masculinity” (Pascoe and Bridges 225). The new film Moonlight details a young black man's struggle to come out as gay in a rough Miami neighborhood. This Vice article explains and reviews how the film attempts to explore the homophobia within the black community and what that ultimately means for black men.
‘Moonlight’ Captures the Complexities of Growing Up Gay and Black in America

Work Cited
Pascoe, C. J., and Tristan Bridges. “Navigating Masculinites.” Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity and Change, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2016, pp. 223–234.

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