Why I Hate Abercrombie & Fitch by Dwight McBride
(Sexual Cultures Series)

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Why hate Abercrombie? In a world rife with human cruelty and oppression, why waste your scorn on a popular clothing retailer? The rationale, Dwight A. McBride argues, lies in the banality of evil, or the quiet way discriminatory hiring practices and racist ad campaigns seep into and reflect malevolent undertones in American culture. McBride maintains that issues of race and sexuality are often subtle and always messy, and his compelling new book does not offer simple answers. Instead, in a collection of essays about such diverse topics as biased marketing strategies, black gay media representations, the role of African American studies in higher education, gay personal ads, and pornography, he offers the evolving insights of one black gay male scholar. As adept at analyzing affirmative action as dissecting Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, McBride employs a range of academic, journalistic, and autobiographical writing styles. Each chapter speaks a version of the truth about black gay male life, African American studies, and the black community. Original and astute, Why I Hate Abercrombie & Fitch is a powerful vision of a rapidly changing social landscape.

 

About Dwight McBride

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Dwight A. McBrideis chair of the department of African American studies and associate professor of African American studies, English, and communication studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of Impossible Witnesses: Truth, Abolitionism, and Slave Testimony , and the editor of James Baldwin Now (both available from NYU Press), as well as co-editor ofBlack Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bi-Sexual African American Fiction.
 
Published February 1, 2005 by NYU Press reference. 268 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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