Quotation by James Baldwin

The American ideal ... of sexuality appears to be rooted in the American ideal of masculinity. This idea has created cowboys and Indians, good guys and bad guys, punks and studs, tough guys and softies, butch and faggot, black and white. It is an ideal so paralytically infantile that it is virtually forbidden—as an unpatriotic act—that the American boy evolve into the complexity of manhood.
James Baldwin (1924–1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price of the Ticket, "Here Be Dragons" (1985). "Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood," Playboy (Chicago, Jan. 1985).
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