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The sexuality of Malcolm X

Phelps, Christopher

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Christopher Phelps christopher.phelps@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This article engages the controversy over whether Malcolm Little, who would become Malcolm X, had same-sexual encounters. A minute sifting of all evidence and claims, augmented by new findings, yields strong indication that Malcolm Little did take part in sex acts with male counterparts. If set in the context of the 1930s and 1940s, these acts position him not as a “homosexual lover,” as has been asserted, but in the pattern of “straight trade”—heterosexual men open to sex with homosexuals—an understanding that in turn affords insights into the black revolutionary's mature masculinity.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2017
Journal Journal of American Studies
Print ISSN 0021-8758
Electronic ISSN 1469-5154
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Phelps, C. (2017). The sexuality of Malcolm X. Journal of American Studies, 51(3), doi:10.1017/S0021875816001341
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021875816001341
Keywords Malcolm X, homosexuality, same-sexuality, sexuality, Malcolm Little
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-american-studies/article/sexuality-of-malcolm-x/D087A343B0CA1BA14D54E541367B1639
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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