This is a serious article. The notion of “masculinity” continues to operate in such crippling ways in our community. Our ideas surrounding masculinity have definite origins that are tied to the history of oppression in this society; imposed definitions of strength, manhood and our inherent value; and deep homophobia as a by-product of the latter issues. Even in the comments to this piece folks find it necessary to point out that this picture represents a non-sexual, platonic expression of emotion between two black men (so that’s cool to see).
What if it wasn’t platonic?
It is evident that there are so many layers to this topic. I respect you for addressing it.