Analysis Of The Book ' Black Men And Divorce '

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Contrary to the stereotype of African-American males not being committed to marital relationships, African-American men who marry suffer greatly when those marriages end, a University of North Texas sociologist says.Dr. Erma Lawson is the co-author of Black Men and Divorce, a book published this spring that focuses on her research of 50 divorced men. Lawson says she was "absolutely shocked" by the distress all of the men suffered after their divorces."They all experienced a sense of loss, guilt, anger and a sense of failure, even though some of them had wanted to divorce," she says. "It 's related to a gender role -- most men think it 's important to succeed in all areas of life."She recalled talking to one man who had been divorced 10 years."He could recall the exact day and time he had been handed the divorce papers and what his ex-wife was wearing. Then he began to cry," she says. "It made us realize how much divorce is focused on the problems of women and children."She says she began the research after becoming tired of listening to her female friends discuss "the black woman 's lament.""Most of them say that black men are genetically destined to be non-monogamous. I have heard them state 'What 's a black woman to do because most black men are uncommitted to relationships? '" Lawson says. "I have also listened to male bashing from black women, who say men are immature, unreliable and self-centered."But Lawson says these stereotypes of black men didn 't fit the men in

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