Omnipresent Duality

2020

 Afro Hair Extensions

6’ x 6’

Hypermasculinity is described as a psychological term for the exaggeration of male stereotypical behavior, such as an emphasis on physical strength, aggression, and heterosexuality. Rooting back to slavery in America, black men were only considered profitable to the white man by showing characteristics of strength, no emotion, and obedience. When slavery was abolished, these characteristics were still carried within African American men forming an instilled idea of how the Black male should be in America and a racist fear of them from the white race. Black hypermasculinity morphed into toxic behaviors by rejecting the act of any feminine mannerisms and homosexuality. 

Therefore, the material of the net is afro hair extensions used for braiding and twisting styles of female Black women to define femininity for Black men.