The Down Low and the Sexuality of Race

  • Brad Elliott Stone Loyola Marymount University


There has been much interest in the phenomenon called “the Down Low,” in which “otherwise heterosexual” African American men have sex with other black men. This essay explores the biopolitics at play in the media’s curiosity about the Down Low. The Down Low serves as a critical, transgressive heterotopia that reveals the codetermination of racism, sexism, and heterosexism in black male sexuality.

Author Biography

Brad Elliott Stone, Loyola Marymount University
Brad Elliott Stone is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the University Honors Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. His main research interests are in contemporary continental philosophy, Spanish philosophy, and pragmatism. His writings on Foucault have been published in Foucault Studies, The Other Journal and in the edited volume Michel Foucault: Key Concepts. He has several articles and book chapters on Foucault forthcoming this year. He is co-editor (with Jacob Goodson) of the forthcoming Richard Rorty and Philosophical Theology
Special Issue on Foucault and Race