Kolb, K. H. (2007). “Supporting Our Black Men”: Reproducing Male Privilege In A Black Student Political Organization. Sociological Spectrum,27(3), 257-274.
Data collected from participant observation and interviews show how a predominately female Black student political organization privileged male members to increase the group’s prestige and ensure turnout at public events. The group accepted the men immediately, forgave their failures, and assigned them high profile tasks. While the women worked behind the scenes, they often chose men to represent the public face of the organization. These seemingly minor privileges allowed the men to outpace the women in accruing cultural and social capital. This analysis relies on Patricia Hill Collins’ intersectional view of race and gender to identify conditions that encourage male privilege in oppressed groups and inhibit gender solidarity across racial lines.
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