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Lecture 11

Lecture Eleven: The Mammy

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ANTH 3240
Allyson Mitchell

Lecture Eleven: The Mammy November 23, 2011 Readings of This Week Patricia Hill Collins quotes Hazel Carby as saying “the object of the stereotypes is ‘not to reflect or represent a reality but to function as a disguise, or mystification on objective social relations’”. (69) Controlling images - making racism, sexism, poverty and other forms of social injustice appear to be natural, normal and inevitable parts of everyday life. Effects of the Stereotypes These stereotypes serve to dehumanize other races of people (not Caucasian) - People of color being portrayed as animalistic, and more “natural” - This takes away their subjectivity - This coincides with the hierarchy of domination - Those without subjectivity can be dominated and become enslaved Sexualization of Black Women The feminized black body gains attention only when it synonymous when - It is being portrayed as deviant - It is being portrayed as attainable or available The black body is being part of a spectacle for white people - Venus of Hottentot - Focusing on the genitals, butt and larger breasts than the typical white woman - Fetishization of these body parts in popular culture Tina Turner Used the wild woman image as a way to advance her career - There was already this image of the black woman during this time - She exploited this mainstream idea After leaving her abusive husband, she became autonomous - Independent woman - Sexually available - Using her sexuality as being empowering Motherhood “Mother as the Mother of All Stereotypes” Many different types of mother stereotypes - Pushy mother, hot mama, Jewish mother, soccer
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