Black Women and Sexuality in U.S. Popular Culture Pt. 2
A 57 Second Lecture
In this #57seclecture we talk "politics of respectability." Black Women and Sexuality in US Pop Culture - Pt 2. In this series we look at 3 Key Terms you need to know if you want to really understand Black Women's Sexuality in US Pop Culture. * See my website for a transcript and suggested reading. Link in bio. * #blackfeminist #blackprofessor #blackgirlmagic #57seclecture #57secondlecture
This is a #57SecondLecture. I’m Nikki Lane, and I’m going to be your professor.
**Sing lyrics to Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble”**
So the second concept that I want you to understand is politics of respectability. What we see at the turn of the 20th century is African Americans really attempting to their full rights as American citizens. The way, black people are told, they have to do this is by being “respectable.” Now what “respectable” means is going to shift depending on context. So black women are told they have to be presented and present themselves as “lady like.” And yet, even though you can be, and look, and act respectable as a black woman, you can still be open to disrespect based on the way that your body, who you are, and your sexuality have been warped in a racist American imagination.
Collins, Patricia Hill. 2009. “The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought.” Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment. Routledge.
Hine, Darlene Clark. 1989 Rape and the inner lives of Black women in the Middle West. Signs 14(4):912-920.
Pickens, Therí A. 2014 Shoving aside the politics of respectability: black women, reality TV, and the ratchet performance. Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory:1-18.