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Hypersexualization: The Black female body

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Raven Pierre

on 15 December 2013

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Transcript of Hypersexualization: The Black female body

Hypersexualization: The Black female body
Various Representations of Hypersexualization:
The Revolving Door
Hypersexualization is....
Representations in Media: Brazil
In Conclusion...
Due to what hypersexualization creates for Black women there is a "revolving door" of these representations that perpetuates particular themes such as inferiority, fetishism, sexism, objectification upon which Black women cannot escape.

Renee Cox, Photographer
Tatyana Fazializadeh
Representations in Art:
various notions of objectification, sexualization, fetishism and misogyny; all of which "reduce Black women to sexual beings without agency over their respective physical beings"
80 years later...
Representations in Contemporary Hip Hop music
Hip hop only depicts certain images of the African American female. Hence, only publicizing those who fit the stereotypical image of an attractive black female.
In order for a Black woman to be considered attractive or beautiful, she must have a light-complexion, slender and slightly curvy frame, long curly(not kinky curly), or straight hair. Darker complexions, overweight, and natural hair is not considered beautiful.
There is a perpetuating cycle of hypersexualization of the Black female body through various social outlets.
The Lolita effect is the sexualization of young girls in the media. Young children are heavily influenced by what they see in pop culture, as it is almost impossible to escape, therefore these children are replicating the behavior they see in the media and start a hyper-sexualization cycle over again.
In Brazil black women are hypersexualized through TV's network "Fantastico." The show is on a search to find the newest Globeleza Girl. The Globeleza Girl is a black woman who dances samba naked with vignette paintings on her body to celebrate the arrival of the Carnaval season.

On Brazil's national day of Black Consciousness, the host of the TV show, Sheron Menezzes, stirred up controversy as she posted a photo with the contestants on Instagram. Having only their butts shown and no faces resulted in negative feedback from the public.
Representations in Time:
Representations in Media: U.S.
- From Josephine Baker to Nikki Minaj, particular representations of black women and black women's bodies haven't changed. My individual research aims to understand not necesssarily why black women are stereotyped in such ways as being voluptuous and or raunchy, moreover how specific women i.e. Josephine Baker and Nikka Minaj, through these same objectifications have been able to materialize the embodiment of their black bodies for financial gains through societal entertainment.
Various negative stereotypical representations of black women are perpetuated throughout media such as in the news, movies and television.
These negative stereotypes are particularly harmful to the self-esteem of Black women.
Briana McCarthy
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