What is love? Part 2 Love & Power Watch as we continue our conversation with Dr. Durryle Brooks about the typical narratives around love and what that perpetuates in our society regarding who is deserving of love. What are the consequences of these narratives?
#Metoo: Reflections From a Male Sexual Assault Survivor November 26, 2017 by Durryle Brooks Leave a Comment Given the current political context and the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, I believe we are in a particular moment in history where the world is getting to see how pervasive sexual abuse is within our country. I remember Donald Trump’s 2005 tape in which bragged about sexually assaulting women and I also remember hearing Rush Limbaugh say that “if the left ever senses and smells that there’s no consent in part of the equation then here come [...]
Healing Ourselves: Moving From Trauma to Healing October 17, 2018 by Durryle Brooks Five years researching love and I have found a fascinating dynamic. When I asked Black Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender activists, organizers, and educators about love, I notice narratives of trauma emerge as a prominent theme in their lives. Little did I know that reading their narratives of trauma would begin to trigger my own past trauma as well as open new possibilities to heal myself. As a Black queer man, my experiences of trauma echoed many of the folks I spoke with. [...]
Can Women Raise Boys to be Men? December 10, 2017 by Durryle Brooks Just a little while back I attended an event that was exploring masculinity broadly, but with an emphasis on Black masculinity. There was a panel discussion composed of young African-American teenagers with their moms and it was moderated by a man who mentors young guys. This event I thought was supposed to trouble traditional gender norms, but I could not have been more wrong. As the questions from the audience started rolling in to ask these young men how they “survived the hood,” [...]
(Re)conceptualizing Love: Moving Towards a Critical Theory of Love in Education for Social Justice. Abstract Through reflection on critical incident involving a social justice educator, this reflexive essay examines the role of love and its implications on social justice education, pedagogy, and praxis. Within the U.S. context, there is a considerable misunderstanding of what love is. Normative discourse on love within in our society is almost exclusively relegated to romance and familial relations. However, through personal reflection and a review of interdisciplinary literature, I argue that normative discourses on love are not innocuous, but instead hegemonic and [...]
#Critical Memories: A Black-Queer-Christian Dilemma (Re)Experienced in Five Flashbacks. September 14, 2016 This autoethnographic performance life piece captures my early adolescent dilemmas with my Black-queer-Christian identities. Told through five flashbacks, I conjure critical moments turned critical memories to explore and unpack my struggle with the dichotomy of secular versus sacred and the holy versus profane. Ultimately, this life piece seeks to excavate the remnants of my humanity that are buried deep within my memories to tease out what it means to live forever between oppression and liberation. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1077800416667689 [...]