Prince and Black American Masculinity

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At The Guardian, Steven W. Thrasher writes, “Prince broke all the rules about what Black American men should be.” “Prince repelled and fascinated me because he represented every side of all the contradictions I felt. I felt nervous even looking at him, and yet I couldn’t look away. What would it mean if I opened myself up to the letting go of all those rules he seemed to have dispensed with? That purple clothing, those high heels and ruffled shirts: was he proudly feminine, or so secure in his masculinity he didn’t mind others questioning it? That small frame and that tight, small butt that seemed to leave him “shaking that ass, shaking that ass” for men and women alike? Who was he trying to turn on with Sexy MF or Cream – and what if someone thought I wasn’t getting turned on by his big-haired dancers, but by the artist himself?”

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