Expendables For Whom?: Terry Crews, Phallicism, and the Erasure of Black Male Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape

Lecture | October 29 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Tommy J. Curry, Professor, Texas A&M Philosophy

 Department of English, Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Department of African American Studies

The sexual assault of Terry Crews by Adam Venit raises all sorts of questions about the nature of sexual violence and our reluctance to see Black men as victims of sexual assault in the United States. Despite a history of Black men and boys being raped by white men and women, there is no effort to connect the centuries long record of sexual violence against Black males to the sexual victimization of Black men and boys currently. This paper analyzes the language, history, and stereotypes deployed in our understanding of Terry Crews’ victimization, even those used to describe himself, to better situate and describe the vulnerability of Black men and boys to sexual violence in America.