Masculinity in the text
“After a year I watched the boy with the small eyes pull out a gun, my father beat me for letting another boy steal from me. Two years later, he beat me for threatening my ninth-grade teacher. Not being violent enough could cost me my body. Being too violent could cost me my body.”
This passage is relevant to me because it captures the challenges of young men who are developing their sense of manhood. The narrative that a man must be strong, independent & stand his ground is clear here he also highlights the contradictions and the mixed messages young people receive on masculinity. Coates tells his story from an intersectional lens where his race, culture, gender, sexual orientation and other identities factor in the way that he experiences masculinity. His identities intersect and shape who he is. I found his narrative to be similar to the process I experienced as I developed my own sense of masculinity.