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In the article “Fluid and Shifting: Racialized, Gendered, and Sexual Identity in African American Children” by Denise Isom. Isom talks about how the researchers were studying African American Children, and racialized gender identity. There were several ways that the research was conducted they include: questionnaires, one-on-one interviews, and observation ethnography. The study was conducted from 2001-2002, in a “lower/ working class African American community near a large mid-western city” (Isom, 2012). The participants were children enrolled in a community based after-school program. To gain insight on early conceptions of one’s self and others as far as gender and race (focusing on how they intersect), children from grades five, six,…show more content…
In talking about the Ideal Male, both the males and females spoke of relationships. The males identified the ideal males as family members (brothers, grandfathers, and fathers). The females spoke mostly of a lack of or absence. One young lady described the ideal male as “the one that does not leave his kids.” (Isom, 2012). In talking about Femaleness; more than half of male reactions focused on strongly on appearance including, “booty”, hair, make-up”, “worry about clothes”. Nearly a third of males responded as to female behaviors including, “Talk very much”, “nice”, “gentle”. A third of the females spoke about behavior including, “nice”, “friendly”. Yet another third commented on the relational side including, “having boyfriends”, “people to talk to”. When the question was asked what it means to female? The responses included, “more mature”, “girls are smarter”, “more sophisticated”, “better leaders”, “more responsible” all due to their character (Isom, 2012). “Though on the surface the comments seem full of praise for the female, just underneath, maleness merges as the comparison point.” (Isom, 2012). When talking about sexual expression, the males played with it; with the intention of it to be funny or just to get some attention. They described their actions as “boy behavior” or their “need” to make other people see the humor in their actions (Ism, 2012). “It became clear that sexualized
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