It’s My House and I Live Here: Using Autoethnography to Investigate the Spaces Available for Black Male Sexual Exploration
Abstract

Black men in America have historically lacked ownership of their bodies, sexual identities, and sexual expressions. This autoethnographic account highlights the scarcity of spaces in which black men can participate in acts of erotic freedom without having to subscribe to negative sexual stereotypes. In this essay, the historical restriction of black men from sexually liberating environments is investigated and compared to the treatment of black men during the colonization of metropolitan centers in the 1960s. The personal account of a black man in an erotic, yet white-dominated, space is then provided to highlight the negotiation that occurs when black bodies are included in sexual environments dominated by white gaze. Finally, this article advocates for black men to create their own spaces of sexual liberation in an attempt to be free from the oppressive sexual scripts they have been assigned throughout history.


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