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By Norma Manatu

This paintings specializes in the sexual objectification of African American girls in movie from the Eighties to the early 2000s. Critics of the damaging sexual imagery have lengthy speculated that regulate through African American filmmakers may switch how African American ladies are depicted. This paintings examines 16 movies made by means of men either white and black to determine how the imagery could range with the race of the filmmaker. 4 dimensions are given exact consciousness: the variety of the women's roles and relationships with males, the sexual attitudes of the African American girl characters, their attitudes in the direction of males, and their nonverbal and verbal sexual behaviors.

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The Form of the Film Medium 33 hierarchical organizations. In contrast, a culture dominated by “spacebiased” media, TV and film, emphasizes expansion, politics, centralized governments, and bureaucratic organizations (Innis, 1977). Accordingly, print and electronic media are associated with different types of cultures, each producing its own form of social interactions. Postman (1979) argues that each medium, from speech, to print, to electronic, is contextual. Each creates a different view of the world for a particular culture; each carries an epistemological bias to tell cultural members where truth lies, how to find it, and what is worth knowing about and studying (pp.

So that even to the illiterate eye, print’s lurid visuals easily conveyed the message of a hierarchical social construction of womanhood, black women graphically depicted as sexual deviants. 1. Introduction and Overview 21 In light of the dual construction both in the popular mind-set and in the literary arts, the black Jezebel mythos has had a staying power to rival no other. Popularized since the inception of slavery, lack of proportionality in their negative depictions served as a kind of metaphoric rape of black women, achieved through the persistent debasement of this subgroup.

Arguably, having been raised in such rhetorical tradition, it was inevitable that dominant group members would come to believe the latter differed from white women in both sensibilities and character. Depictions of the contra-distinction between these two subgroups of women led to an asymmetry among women. In turn, the asymmetry created an ideology 1. Introduction and Overview 19 of “otherness,” presumably rooted in America’s two-valued, either-or, orientation. , 1990, p. 129; Lorde, 1984, p. 114).

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