The Intersectionality Of Race And Sex

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Dashanna Cooke
Mr. Jones

The Intersectionality of Race and Sex in How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired

Dany Laferrière was born Windsor Kléber Laferrière in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on April 13, 1953. His father, the mayor of Port-au-Prince and under-secretary of state for trade, was forced into exile which left Laferrière and his mother. Fearing reprisals, Laferrière’s mother entrusted her four-year-old son to his grandmother at the Haitian seaside town of Petit-Goave. Laferrière, who grew up during the Duvalier regime, became a journalist and a radio broadcaster. In 1976 after the assassination of his colleague, with whom he was working on a story with, Laferrière fled Haiti and immigrated to Canada after
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We see the world outside the apartment from the narrator’s wanderings through the streets of Montréal. The unidentified narrator is writing a novel about his experiences with hopes that it would lead to him having fame and fortune.
How to Make Love revisits the subjects of history, race, slavery, racism, class, and the definition of what constitutes a Negro. The title of the novel itself explores the way the Western world stereotypes the black man’s body as a sexual object, both terrible and mesmerizing in its animal-like savagery. Laferrière’s novel, How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired, approaches the thematic exploration of racial and sexual tension, exclusion and alienation, class consciousness, and the multiplicity of exploitation. Laferrière draws an intersection of race and sexuality through satirical humor and pushing it to its absurd and comical consequences. The narrator is aware of the sexual stereotypes that are unconsciously labeled on him as with the almost self-righteous, obsession that white women seem to be fascinated by him, but he does not necessarily condemn nor shy away from these stereotypes. On certain occasions, it seems like the narrator revels in being seen as something exotic to the white McGill girls that he chases. In a particular passage, the narrator basks in the act of political rebellion he seems to be committing by sleeping with white women. As
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