On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of "Straight" Black Men Who Sleep With Men Paperback – Apr 5 2005
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King is very straightforward about the phenomenon, called the down low, of "straight" men having sex with other men without disclosing it to the women in their lives. Having spent more than 20 years living the dual life of the down low, King is familiar with all the personal, psychological, social, and even religious implications of living on the down low and the risks this lifestyle poses to the spread of HIV and AIDS. He recalls his struggle with self-gratification, the fear of exposure, and the responsibility to his family before coming to the conclusion that he owed his family honesty. King also cites respect for black women as a motive for disclosing his secret, though the reader might question how much respect he had for 20 years. But that's part of King's point in his disclosure, that men on the down low and the black community itself, with little tolerance of homosexuality, need to be more honest and open on issues of sexuality. This is a revealing look at an important social and health issue. Vernon Ford
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This book has folks buzzing like a tree full of cicadas.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“There's a new book girlfriends have got to read. It's a page-turner.” —Newsday (New York)
“A wake-up call.” —Dallas Voice
“A good read.” —The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
“A revealing look at an important social health issue.” —Booklist
“King ultimately delivers a powerful and emotional story and must be lauded for having the courage to do so!” —QBR The Black Book Review
Top Customer Reviews
I read in one review where the reviewer highly recommended a book called Lust Of The Flesh. I decided to go ahead and order it because the review sounded so promising and the title struck me. I cannot agree more with the reviewer. THAT WAS THE BEST NOVEL I EVER READ! I will have to agree and highly recommend this novel. You will NOT be able to put this book down. I have also written a review on this novel too.
On The Down Low reminds us, as women, that we need to be aware of men that we meet. Ladies, we need to check them out thoroughly before making a decision to be with a man. Get his social security number, his driver's license number and run a check on the man. Talk to his friends, family, coworkers, his doctor, dentist and whoever else may know something about him. Let him know that you're only covering yourself.
Most recent customer reviews
I think Mr. J. King's book is part of his evil plot to self-promote himself & turn even more brothas' on to this nasty-germ traveling phenomenon!!! Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by missamericababy
J.L.King, may have meant well with this long an dwordy piece but all he did was badh his own people. Read morePublished on July 14 2004
This book is full of CRAP...just like the author who wrote it. And to the reviewer (who I know, but won't bust out) who left the review called "Ain't Nobody Mad But The... Read morePublished on July 12 2004
I am of the opinion and belief that this book simply reminded us of things and behaviors we are already well aware of. Read morePublished on July 10 2004
This was indeed a very informative book. I could not put the book down until I finished it. The author answered questions that my husband would not. Read morePublished on July 8 2004
JL King's book has inspired many to take a step back and consider the reasons behind this DL lifestyle. Read morePublished on July 8 2004
First of all I like to give kudos to J.L.'s book about living on the D/L. Although the D/L has been around for quite a long time, it appears that because one person who was shall... Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Donna Redd
I believe that if anyone can write a book of such riveting revelations, it would have to come from someone that has had personal experience. How else can you get to the truth. Read morePublished on July 6 2004
I'd like to thank Mr. King for writing this book. I was hesitant to read On the Down Low because I thought it was going to be a typical "black women can't keep their men" type of... Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Ms. M.
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