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December 23, 2005

In Search of Goodpussy: Book Review

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In Search of Goodpussy: Living Without Love
by Don Spears

In Search of Goodpussy by Don Spears is, according to its back cover, "an explicit, personal, social, psychosexual perspective defining 'what makes men tick, specifically, what makes Black men tick.'" Basically, it's a book about how the white man is keeping the black man from having normal relationships with women.

Just reading the first chapter, an historical account of how the black man got to the place in which he finds himself today, you get the idea that this Spears fellow has the kind of autodidactic understanding of things that a brother might pick up in prison, or at an HBCU. I mean, the basic gist of his argument seems to be correct (i.e. it's all the white man's fault), but you wonder where he got some of these "facts" from.

But that's just the introduction. The bulk of this book's 270 some-odd pages is a sort of catalog of the various issues a brother might face in maintaining a serious relationship.

Black men, you see, just want to be loved like anyone else, but they can't because a) the black woman has gotten a bit too "independent" and b) the white man refuses to remove his boot from the black man's neck.

For these reasons, the black man seeks out other forms of gratification, or "goodpussy," such as cars with lots shiny metal on them, clothes with other people's names on them and, of course, lots of pussy.

A quick perusal of the Table of Contents will give you an idea of the kind of shit that's discussed.

I notice some of the reviews at Amazon got hung up on Chapter 14, titled "Is Violence Ever Justifiable?" in which The Spears outlines a situation in which violence against a woman might actually be justifiable.

As the author himself puts it:

IF SHE FORGETS HOW A REAL WOMAN IS SUPPOSED TO ACT, THEN I GUESS SOMETIMES TWO WRONGS DO MAKE A RIGHT, AND HE CAN FORGET HOW A REAL MAN IS SUPPOSED TO ACT.

I don't want to get too hung up on the issue myself, but the gist of The Spears' argument seems to be that if it's in the woman's best interest to lay hands on her, then at that point you'd basically be doing her a favor. How can you argue with that kind of logic?

I wasn't as sold on the last part of the book, which dealt primarily with the black man's current social and economic condition, not so much because I didn't agree with what he was saying, but because it sounded like he was talking out of his ass and that he didn't offer any more of a solution than your average Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.

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Byron Crawford a/k/a Bol is the celebrated author of several books, most recently NaS Lost: A Tribute to the Little Homey.

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