Almonte joins Black Girl Politics to talk about Masculinity.
Of course, Almonte’s nails are a crucial point.
That’s the most concerning thing about masculinity, right?
It comes up at around 34:14
Even in the most casual, day to day choices like Almonte’s nails or tucking your shirt in, your masculinity is constantly challenged.
Almonte talks about being “otherized” even as a cis straight male by his cishet peers growing up in elementary school for wearing a messenger bag.
Do children even have a sexuality before they’re even thinking about sex? From birth we are bombarded with ideas of sex conflating with other dynamic ratios like masculinity:femininity , manhood:womanhood , etc. These challenges to your identity come from people all over the political spectrum.
Right wingers ask, “Are you gay? Why would you paint your nails if you aren’t?”
Leftists will ask, “Are you androgynous or agender? It’s great to see you reject the idea of gender.”
We constantly allow ourselves to be defined by these labels as if we weren’t the ones to create them in the first place. Even things as rigid as labels are fluidly defined according to how society changes. Otherwise, being called a bundle of sticks wouldn’t have been considered a slur if I had been in elementary school in 400 BCE.
So why does Almonte paint his nails?
Because he wants to. Nothing more nothing less.
PS: Real Men Suck Dick.