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...hough he is tall and strong, Julien’s masculinity is policed aggressively and violently by his peers. When the rumor spreads that Julien is gay, his fellow officers, beat and intimidate him. Despite his stature, Julien quietly submits to their threats and intimidation. Quite literally, Julien’s masculinity is “policed” by his fellow police officers. Much like Patricia Hill Collins’ assertion about controlling images and that representations of black women as mammies and matriarchs work as “powerful ideological justifications” for “intersecting oppressions of race, class, gender and sexuality” (p. 69) the same can be applied to the controlling images of black male masculinity, “the “faggot and the queen”. Controlling images function to justify various oppressions by distorting reality through reducing the stereotyped subjected black body to a controllable object.
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