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Pleasure in the News : African American Readership and Sexuality in the Black Press

By: Gallon, Kim

Part of the New Black Studies Series series
0252085094 / 9780252085093
Paperback / softback
Stock expected by 06/06/2020
United States
152 x 229 mm 216 pages
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Critics often chastised the twentieth-century black press for focusing on sex and scandal rather than African American achievements.

In Pleasure in the News, Kim Gallon takes an opposing stance-arguing that African American newspapers fostered black sexual expression, agency, and identity.

Gallon discusses how journalists and editors created black sexual publics that offered everyday African Americans opportunities to discuss sexual topics that exposed class and gender tensions.

While black churches and black schools often encouraged sexual restraint, the black press printed stories that complicated notions about respectability.

Sensational coverage also expanded African American women's sexual consciousness and demonstrated the tenuous position of female impersonators, black gay men, and black lesbians in early twentieth African American urban communities.

Informative and empowering, Pleasure in the News redefines the significance of the black press in African American history and advancement while shedding light on the important cultural and social role that sexuality played in the power of the black press.


HBTB Social & cultural history, JFD Media studies, JFF Social issues & processes, JFSL Ethnic studies

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