Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 3–4, pp 225–238 | Cite as

MSM, the Streets, and Lockdown: Sexual Threat and Social Dominance in America



Explored is the sexual threat that African American men pose to White men and how social dominance is utilized to maximize control. Among those vulnerable are Black men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, and those incarcerated. Illustrated are the lives of three African American men. Klein’s sexual identity scale is adapted to capture sexual activity while incarcerated, and to discriminate between sexual identity, attraction, and activity, which may not intersect. Propositions for elimination of social dominance are considered, with a call for Black men to moderate the “masculine culture of concealment” and for Afrocentric programs for issues like HIV/AIDS.


MSM African American sexuality HIV/AIDS Sex work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.George Warren Brown School of Social WorkWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.St. LouisUSA

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