Bad Black Women

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Black Women In The Media Mainstream media’s affect on the credibility and imaging of the Black Woman “Bend over to the front, touch your toes, bounce that ass up and down and get low!” blasts the latest rap song that seems to get a substantial amount of airtime. This particular song instructs a woman on how to perform an erotic strip tease. These lyrics are a small fragment of the images conveyed of Black women to audiences domestically as well as internationally. The American medium which includes radio, television, film, and other forms of advertisement continues to produce degrading, misleading, and destructive images of Black women. These images become unrelenting negative stereotypes that weaken the Political credibility of…show more content…
71). The “bad-black-girl” is depicted as alluring, sexually arousing and seductive. She fulfills the sex objectification requirement of White womanhood, although she is portrayed as a less naïve, more worldly seductress. The “bad-black girl” image reinforces cultural stereotypes regarding the hyper-sexuality of the African American female, who yearns for sexual encounters. This image has appeared on television as well as in movies. In the 1980s Jackee, one of the stars of the television sitcom “227,” gained tremendous popularity for portrayal of the bad-black-girl in her character, Sandra Clark (Jewell, 1992, p. 46). With these stigmas being displayed to domestic as well as international viewers it leaves no room to question why exactly it is sometimes difficult for the Black woman to be acknowledged for her true credentials. The words “true credentials” refer to the superb competence she may possess for leadership roles within the public sector. In other words, people may not pay much attention to her purpose and capabilities in pursuing a role that relies on the public’s opinion, but the very sexual, curvaceous, and promiscuous image that fits their pre-conceived
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