Wouldn't it make sense to see discrimination against black men in the prison system as discrimination on the basis of race, rather than on the basis of gender?
If it were purely racism, you'd see as many black women in prison as black men, presumably. There has always been a tradition in the U.S. of demonizing the black (or Latino or Chinese or Jewish) male, and depicting him as violent, rebellious, stupid/incompetent/lazy, sexually predatory, and so on. When you see how the gender variable operates in that case, you can easily apply it in other circumstances—men in general tend to be the ones depicted, not least by other men, as more violent, incompetent, predatory, and the like. It's a little like feminists dissecting the latest campaign against "welfare mothers" and pointing to the underlying misogyny as well as the class-based fear and hatred.
Part of the theory behind the idea of misogyny is the argument that society systematically portrays women and femininity as weak, or lesser, or worthless, or evil. It's not clear to me how misandry fits into that. Wouldn't it make more sense to say that certain minority masculinities are demonized, rather than saying that masculinity is hated in itself?
You find when you look through the history of gender roles and representations that certain female and male paradigms have been highlighted and idealized. Women have been placed on a pedestal for their maternal force, or their spirituality, or their physical beauty, and occasionally for their intellect or leadership skills. But few would deny that this goes hand-in-hand with the misogynist targeting of women who don't fit and don't want to fit that restrictive ideal, and with more essentialist conceptions of women as evil and in league with dark powers, as manipulative, as sexually voracious, and so on.
Much the same can be said of misandry. In many respects, it's "provoked" by men who fail to subscribe to the ideal of the strong, power-exercising, heterosexual male. But there is also a more elemental stereotype of men-in-general as particularly brutish, insensitive, dangerous, dirty, repulsive. I'm especially interested in those more base and instinctive aversions, and how they get mapped onto men in general and minority or "Third World" men in particular. For example, you see a lot of those anti-male stereotypes being roped into dominant cultures' depictions of out-group men who are targeted for genocide and other forms of mass violence. Think about how the Jewish male was depicted in Nazi propaganda—and how only Jewish men (not women) were depicted and demonized for those purposes. That went hand in hand with Nazi men's conviction of themselves as uniquely strong, pure, clean, heroic, and so on.
How do you see your work in relationship to the men's-rights movement?