“Dissecting Elliot Rodgers: Gendered Death, Racial Confusion, and Entitlement” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

“Men do not naturally, not love. They learn not to…” Matt Bomer as Felix Turner, The Normal Heart

Entitlement and Gender Discourse Inclusion
I wasn’t going to write about Santa Barbara because I can’t always keep up in this blog with world events, but when I saw that people were still discussing it I figured I’d respond. More than that, I really had some things to say that I’m not hearing discussed. But before I get started, I should say why I’m writing this article. It has to do with a couple of things my readers know I’m passionate about. First, I’m not a fan of the way we talk about gender. Counter to popular opinion, gender is not solely women’s space. Many of the activists that were vocal about this issue discuss it as if gender and gendered violence is exclusively a woman’s issue…and the entitlement and arrogance of that has been, at times, problematic (I discuss this later in ways that’ll make your head spin). Men also accept this assumption and are often castigated for not getting involved in gender discussions, or “mansplaining” when they do–but men need to get involved with gendered discourses and make our own space because we, too, are gendered beings. Continue Reading!

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“Nigeria’s Missing Girls and Incinerated Boys” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

“Committing Privilege Suicide: Nigeria’s Missing Girls and Incinerated Boys
[A Black Masculinist Reading of Terrorism in Nigeria]”
by
T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

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There’s been much ado lately about the missing 276 young women in Nigeria, and rightly so. The issues and challenges of girls and women are difficult in many contexts, but most especially in regions where imperialism and religious fundamentalism cross swords. In Nigeria, the rise of Boko Haram since 2009 (whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language) as a terrorizing Islamic-Nationalist force has been devastating to say the least. Their self-initiated war against Western education has gone to great extremes and has resulted in their attacking Christians, women, and most especially girls. But I should add that they’ve also attacked other Muslims and boys. Continue Reading!