African American Male Feminist

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The theory of an African American male feminist is a relatively new concept that is rapidly growing. Alexander Crummell, who was an advocate of black feminism stated, “For, humble and benighted as she is, the black woman of the South is one of the queens of womanhood. If there is any other woman on this earth who in native aboriginal qualities is her superior, I know not where she is to be found.” Before I discuss the importance, relevance and substance of what it is to be not only a successful male feminist but a universally accepted male feminist, I will first lay the foundation of what a feminist is from the ground up. In this paper I will construct an analysis of African American male feminist thought using pieces of literature such as Fredrick Douglass’s “The Rights of Women”, Alexander Crummell’s “The Black Woman of the South: Her Neglects Her Needs” and Langston Hughes’s “Madam Poems” along with some other works to support my response. Exploring the theory of the early and modern feminist as well as the changes that took place that created the black feminist or the black womanist and lead up to the male feminist. References to Greek organizations, landmark judicial cases and powerful black women who are relevant to today’s society play into the idea of what it is to be an African-American male feminist from the past to the present will also be discussed. Feminism is defined as the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes or the organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interest (Merriam-Webster). Although a modern term, feminist have been around for years. The Women’s Rights Movement started on July 13, 1848 in upstate New York. While having tea with her friends, Elizabeth Cady Stanton s... ... middle of paper ... ...testify 52 years ago | At the Dark End of the Street." At the Dark End of the Street. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Dec. 2011. . This website provides some detail on a landmark case in the state of Florida surrounding Betty Jean Owens and the rape that took place on Florida A&M campus. This website was helpful to me because I got the opportunity to read about a case that I never knew about. "Women, Race and Class by Angela Y. Davis." Feminist Reprise. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Dec. 2011. . Feminist Reprise is a website that offers an explanation to the book Women, Race and Class by Angela Y. Davis. This website gave insight and went into specific details about why Davis wrote the book and her feelings on it.
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