RARA-AVIS: The Skip Langdon Novels - sexist and racist??

From: Kent Westmoreland ( kentwestmoreland@hotmail.com)
Date: 17 Jan 2001

Is it just me or are Julie Smith's Skip Langdon novels racist and sexist? Her portrayals of white heterosexual males are generally that of criminals, abusers and molesters. Her portrayals of heterosexual black males aren't much better with the exception of one of her recurring characters. Women are always heroes or victims of heterosexual males.

I wondered if it was just me, then I checked some reviews on amazon.com. One African-American woman was unhappy with Smith's characterizations of African-American was stereotypical, portraying them as motivated primarily by sex. I thought about this and had to agree. Another reviewer indicated that her gay males (who are good guys) have feminine characteristics and stereotypical hobbies. Once again I had to agree.

Anyone else have thoughts on this?

kent Westmoreland
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