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Hung: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America.

Hung: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America by Scott Poulson-Bryant Doubleday, October 2005 $22.95, ISBN 0-385-51002-0

Hung is an entertaining book devoted to the myth, stereotypes, and hype surrounding black men and their penis size. You may know Poulson-Bryant as the founding editor of Vibe magazine. He's also written articles and music reviews for Spin, The Source, Rolling Stone and Essence. Now he turns his attention to a hotly debated topic: the belief that African American men are well endowed.

The book explores a myriad of issues--through mostly personal and anecdotal reflection. Does size really matter? To answer, the author polls his mostly gay friends--so what follows is somewhat biased and not very scientific. He also explores Hollywood's perception of its "hung" stars.

Hung is a thought-provoking look at an issue that whites and blacks alike have considered but rarely vocalize. The "information" provided within the pages are the author's own views, so caveat emptor--there is little researched data or facts presented herein. The reader will undoubtedly agree with some points and disagree with others. One thing is clear, Hung will leave you conjecturing about size long after you close its pages, and it will provide something to banter about with your friends.

Jonathan Luckett's latest novel is Dissolve (Strebor Books, October 2005).
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Author:Luckett, Jonathan
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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