What led you to write Don't Blame It On Rio: The Real Deal Behind why Men Go to Brazil for Sex?
Answer: The short answer to this question is that the book is a response to...more
In his ground-breaking literary debut, Don't Blame It On Rio: The Real Deal Behind Why Men Go to Brazil for Sex, author and gender analyst Jewel Woods takes you deep into the lives of men. They discuss why they choose to travel overseas to live the lifestyle that they feel is denied them in America by whites and black women. more
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For the majority of my adult life I have pursued the paradox of men's lives. On one hand, the evidence is overwhelming that men and boys produce a great deal of suffering and victimization in this world. High rates of intimate partner homicide, domestic violence, and sexual assault speak to and confirm this reality. On the other hand, for many men - particularly men of color - life has not been a "crystal stair" either.
Statistics on contemporary education, mortality, morbidity and criminal justice offer only a small indication of this reality. Additionally, men and boys are increasingly becoming less educated, more dis-connected from families and communities, and less present in basic aspects of social and economic life. As a result, there is a profound need to address this paradox if we are to ever remedy many of the problems leading to female abuse/victimization, and causing many men and boys to lead desperate- often short, angry, and insufferable lives.
I honestly believe that one of the best ways to maintain the status quo is not to pay any attention to the lives of men and boys. Particularly in ways where men and boys are not challenged and engaged, where men and boys are not invited to question morality, masculinity and male privilege, where men and boys are not invited to participate in social change and social justice movements, and finally not to offer men and boys the support that they so desperately need and deserve.
I also believe that working with men and boys can be a truly radical and transformative process if one is aware of and willing to grapple with the problems normally associated with working with and on behalf of men.