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Representations of black female sexuality in the cultural marketplace

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Citing examples from as far back aswhen black women were exhibited nude for the amusement of white party-goers, Hooks takes a representative, if not comprehensive, look at black female sexuality in many contexts, from music videos to cakes in shop windows.

Perhaps the best example of this cited by Hooks is that of Tina Turner. Even Tina herself could be interpreted as being unaware, or at least accepting of how she was being presented, and perhaps did not even realize the relationship Representations of black female sexuality in the cultural marketplace this representation, and the behaviour it can induce in our society, including the violent abuse perpetrated by her husband, Ike.

If Tina cannot see what is Representations of black female sexuality in the cultural marketplace on here, then we are clearly presented with a difficult problem if we desire to amend our cultural texts with respect to the sexualization of black women.

Consumer culture is still happy to represent black women more-or-less exactly the same as they were in the examples cited by Hooks, even though it has been decades since many of these representations took place.

Rihanna is seen Representations of black female sexuality in the cultural marketplace lust in males, and displaying power explicitly represented by various military weapons that has presumably been wrestled from the hands of a patriarchal military based on the lust she has evoked.

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Since there is more money to be made acquiescing to patriarchal, right-wing factions of our consumer culture, this acquiescence is what we see in contemporary music videos.

It is therefore my opinion that these music videos spring from our cultural texts, which must be reformed if we wish to break any of these cycles.

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I believe this belies a larger problem with many facets of our society. Especially in our consumer culture, we want our information fed to us in easily digestible facts so that we can decide what to do and what to buy. Hooks points out that young white consumers were most Representations of black female sexuality in the cultural marketplace to misogynistic, Representations of black female sexuality in the cultural marketplace rap music. In keeping with capitalistic ideals, this music proliferated, and again we see an oversimplification in this case, of black culture used to induce consumption.

These oversimplifications are often almost by definition detrimental, but capitalism can continue unabated as long as the end result of our mis apprehensions is consumption.

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There are a few instances Representations of black female sexuality in the cultural marketplace which Hooks makes an unfounded assertion, and then goes on to extrapolate from this assertion, as if all of the work of proving the assertion has already been performed. In other words, she puts her cart in front of her horse.

We should keep in mind that while racialized terminology could perhaps be evoked, the copy actually explicitly refers to clothing. Another example of this occurs when Hooks discusses the soap opera All My Children. By what Representations of black female sexuality in the cultural marketplace is she claiming to know this?

However, to simply assert without evidence that this is the case weakens, rather then strengthens, her argument when considered by a discerning eye. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.

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