Coffy

Please finish watching Coffy and post your thoughts about what black female stereotype you believe the main character represents and why. Is Coffy more than one sterotype? Also, give examples of where this stereotype exist in current films/tv shows. In preparing your comments, think about some of the things we talked about in class as well the non-verbal sexual behaviors overview I sent you. Start the discussion here and we will continue it in class next Tuesday. Please also read pp. 87-107 (chap 4).  Again, I’m looking for everyone to post comments here by Saturday (10/4) and feel free to comment on each other’s post. Enjoy!

Here is a link to Coffy (start somewhere around 37:53)

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36 thoughts on “Coffy

  1. Coffy depicts a stereotypical super woman as she seeks vindication from the drug dealers who influenced her sisters drug habits as well as for her friend, and former lover Carter. She portrays elements of the stereotypical Jezebel as she uses her sexuality in a manner to gain attention and power. Her sexuality is used as a form of control and seduction over men , as she continues to assault and kill them. Although she is seen as a powerful women, she is seen as an aggressive and masculine like woman. One of the drug dealers named Vitroni sees her in action, while she was fighitng with all the other women and states that he wants to sleep with her. Later on, when they meet up in her room he spits on her and is talking down to her in a form of “role play”. Race is then brought up as she mentions his white body and he asks her to crawl to her. This scene shows how a man views black women as sexual animals. Forms of non verbal communications within Coffy’s character would be the oversexualized clothing she was wearing, as well as the manner in which she approached the men, seduction like approach. Beyonce in Gold Member is an example of a “superwoman” figure who is over sexualized yet is physically able to seduce and take on male characters.

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    • Karen and Chanell, you both brought up some great points. Race and sex are play very key roles in how we view and react to who and what we are to believe Coffy is as a person.

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  2. I liked the movie. Pam Grier was bad ass. The stereotypes she portrays though are the jezebel and the sapphire. She’s the jezebel because she often uses her sexuality to complete her missions and she’s usually seen with her breasts out and men often just wanting to have sex with her. She’s the sapphire because she’s angry (due to her sister being an addict), men feel the wrath of her anger as she constantly shoots them and anyone who disrespects her will be handled just like the white woman Coffy beats up. She also comes off as masculine.
    Tv shows and films today with the Jezebel stereotype are: Scandal (Olivia), Madea Goes to Jail(Candace), How to Get Away With Murder(Anneliese), Baby Boy (Peanut), Being Mary Jane (Mary Jane).
    Tv shows and films with the Sapphire stereotype are: any Tyler Perry film(Tasha, Kimberly,Tammy, Sabrina etc), Baby Boy (Yvette), Orange is the New Black (Janae Watson).

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  3. Coffy exemplifies the superwoman and the jezebel stereotypes. She is a superwoman in that she has a respectable job in a hospital, is self-sufficient, well-spoken, extremely likeable, and intelligent. She uses these traits as a vigilante, fighting for justice for her sister. However, she is a jezebel in that she manipulates men and uses her sexuality as a means of accomplishing her plans and is sexually aggressive. Like Karen said, her nonverbal means of communicating these stereotypes is through her clothing and seductive demeanor around men.

    Some examples of the superwoman in film/tv include Michonne in The Walking Dead, Jackie Brown in Jackie Brown, Julia in Daddy’s Little Girls, and Ms. Rain in Precious.

    Some examples of the jezebel in film/tv include Mrs. Parker in Friday, Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball, and Nikki Tru in I Think I Love My Wife.

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  4. Comfy play the role of crime fighting seductress who doesn’t take no for an answer. When you break that down she plays 3 stereotypes; which are the Jezebel, sapphire and superwoman. Coffy is pretty bad ass in the movie with her fight scenes and shooting skills. Killing men who think they’re stronger and more powerful and can mistreat a woman. She brings out her super woman skills when it comes to this. Her cause for fighting is for her sister and she’s angry about with these drug dealers have to done to her making her addict. When she gets riled up she becomes loud and full of rage. Her killing actions are justified because it’s for her lil sister. That is when the sapphire role comes into play. Lastly she uses her good looks and sexy ways to lure them in, this is the Jezebel trait coming forth, showing her breast often and having sex with the men to get her way is what coffy does.

    Some tv shows that have characters with all three of. These traits are Olivia pope in scandal and Annalise in how to get away with murder.

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    • Epiphany, I agree with you. You can look at Coffy (not Comfy Im sure a different character) as possessing characteristics of two different stereotypes. You did a great job of describing how she fits the stereotypes of Jezebel and Superwoman but you didn’t really give examples of Sapphire. Please review the Sapphire and if you think Coffy fits that stereotype then make your argument.

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  5. Jezebel: hypersexual, prostitute, slavery/slave narratives, non feminine. This is exactly how Coffy, the main character, was depicted in the film. She uses her sexuality to get the men she wants to murder close to her without any suspicions. At one point in the film she conveys herself as a prostitute to get close to the major drug dealer and other drug dealers in the neighborhood. When she goes off with Arturo he calls her a no good dirty nigga bitch and spits on her. He is treating her like a slave owner. The front cover of the film states that she is the “baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town.” This is a masculine description of Coffy so they are stating that because she acts like a man by killing she is not feminine.

    Coffy is more than one stereotype. She is also being described as the woman as “other,” has sex without love, and she uses micro-sexual nonverbal and nonverbal sexual behaviors. In the part when she first meets King George she says that her name is Mystique,a characteristic of being the other. She had sex with King George without having feelings for him. She was trying to get close to him. The last person she kills is Howard, her “boyfriend.” She tells him that she loved him yet this is the only time in the whole film that we see her with him. throughout the entire film we see the use of Coffy’s nonverbal and micro-sexual nonverbal behaviors. Her micro-sexual nonverbal behaviors are her tight clothing she wore, her staring at the men’s private areas, and the way she walks. Her nonverbal behaviors are again the tight clothing with added hair, the facial expressions she makes, and the environment she is put into.

    Some examples of these stereotypes in other films/television shows:
    Jezebel: music videos, Why Did I Get Married, Video Girl
    Black women as cinematic other: Black Girl, Deliver Us From Eva
    Nonverbal behaviors: Boomerang, Austin Powers Goldmember
    Micro-sexual nonverbal behavior: Coffy

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    • Rebecca, you made some excellent points regarding how Arturo views and treats Coffy like property. In addition, all the men see her as a sexual object for their personal pleasure. You also made good connections to terms in the reading to the film specifically in how you linked Coffy as the “other.”

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  6. The film Coffy has representations of the Superwoman, the Sapphire and the Jezebel black female stereotypes all illustrated through the leading character. The Superwoman stereotype lies in the fact that Coffy is intelligent, clever, strong and assertive. Additionally, it is evident in her actions as a vigilante, where she fights and outwits dangerous people on her sister’s behalf. It almost seems there is nothing Coffy cannot do; she is invincible. The Sapphire stereotype is exhibited in her anger and hatred toward the drug dealers who triggered her sister’s drug addiction. The “Angry Black Woman” of the Sapphire role emerges once her ex-lover, Carter, betrays her. She emasculates Carter by shooting him in the crotch. There is also a masculine element to her character, as she single-handedly fought and beat up all the white women at the party. Finally, Coffy is the epitome of the Jezebel stereotype as she is hyper-sexual, aggressive and salacious. She is constantly donning provocative, figure hugging clothing that displays her breasts, conveying non-verbal sexual messages to the audience. Furthermore, she is depicted as a threat to the white prostitutes and their tricks, which is apparent in the scene where they try to sabotage her by “accidentally” spilling drinks all over her. Coffy frequently uses her body as a means to get what she wants such as to escape death after Carter instructed for her to be killed and to steal the car to complete vengeance for her sister.
    Today, some shows/movies that have the Superwoman role represented are Olivia Pope in Scandal and AuntViv in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    Some examples of the Sapphire today are Gabrielle Union in Daddy’s Little Girls, Tasha Smith in Why Did I Married, Kimberly Elise in Diary of a Mad Black Woman, every black woman on The Bill Cunningham Show, Hollywood Exes, and Tasha Mac in The Game
    Finally, examples of the Jezebel include Lynn in Girlfriends, Meagan Good in Video Girl, Draya in Basketball Wives

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    • Great, thoughtful thoughts about Coffy. I also appreciate your examples especially of the Jezebel and Sapphire. Also good examples as non verbal sexual messages

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  7. Ultimately, Coffy represents all of these stereotypes that we have been looking into class. A Superwoman ( and a almost Madonna figure) because of the portrayal of her normal life, a nurse who cares about her sister who unfortunately ended up in an addiction problem, that ultimately has to use her assets ( Sapphire &Jezebel) to manipulate these men and women into getting revenge and use her body to ultimately get ‘through the system’ for revenge.

    We see this kind of behaviors are in the most popular shows ‘Scandal’ and ‘ How to Get Away With Murder’ and subjectively toward video shows and popular reality TV.

    Pam Grier ultimately is a bad-ass because she used not only her assets as an only way to get to her means, but also intellectually went through this to obtain her goal. (But the cheesy fight scenes where very entertaining, I must add.)

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  8. Jezebel: uses sex to manipulate and get what she wants. First scene uses body to get close to the drug dealers. Uses sex appeal to get close to Gold dude. Without her body, she couldn’t do what she needs to do. The man at the hospital comes for sex. She is sexually available. In her relationship with the wanna-be senator, Coffy uses her body to get what she wants. She wants a vacation, she uses her sexual skills to persuade him to change his mind.
    Conversations with police officer make Coffy seems like a Sapphire, angry at the world she lives in. She’s on a mission of vengeance and paved with violence. Combined with the Jezebel, she is a deadly force. Coffy lures men in with her sexuality then uses her angry to destroy them. Men should fear Black Women because of this deadly combo.

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    • Yes, definitely Jezebel and Sapphire, others have included Superwoman as well. There are definitely elements of that stereotype in the film as well. Of course, her sexuality, her beauty and how she uses her body as a weapon and sex object plays a role in how we view Coffy

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  9. Coffy’s character in the movie is portrayed as being a Superwoman as well as a Jezzebel in that she is very aggressive and masculine because not every typical “feminine” woman would know how to fight and protect themselves as well as she does in the film. She sets out on her vendetta against the drug lords who have left her baby sister bed-ridden in a hospital after shooting up some bad drugs. This is where the Jezzebel demeanor comes in because she uses her sex appeal in order to take out the drug lords one by one. The clothing that she wears is a perfect example of non-verbal sexual behavior and for some reason, the part that really stood out to me in the film that confirmed this was when King George first brought her to his pad and all of the girls looked at her either in disgust or envy, which shows that they felt threatened. King George’s girlfriend was especially jealous which was what led to the brawl between all of the girls and Coffy.
    Examples of Superwoman in current Films/TV Shows: Queen Latifah in “Set it Off” and Beyonce’s role in “Obsessed”. I thought about Beyonce as a superwoman in that film especially towards the end because she decided to protect her family and personally solve the issue between her and the woman obsessed with her husband by calling her up and telling her ” You think you crazy? I’ll show you crazy!” and takes her out.
    Examples of Jezzebels: Trina in “Why Did I Get Married Too”, Beyonce in “Goldmember” (who can also be a Superwoman), Kelly’s character from “Belly”.

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    • Stephanie, your analysis of a Superwoman and Jezebel was on point. Some others also saw her as the Sapphire. I like your examples of the Superwoman but I think the Queen Latifah character might be more a Sapphire and the Jada Pinkett more of the Superwoman, she was the only survivor.

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  10. Coffy’s character in this film exemplifies three black female stereotypes: the Sapphire, the Superwoman, and the Jezebel. First, the Sapphire stereotype, which is the angry, bitter black woman, is portrayed by Coffy through her vindictive actions toward the drug dealers who have harmed her sister by becoming major influences of her drug addiction. Essentially, Coffy is so overcome with anger and rage for what they have caused to her sister that she seeks revenge by murdering the drug dealers. In order to successfully commit her vengeful act, she impersonates a prostitute, using her body to seduce and arouse the drug dealers. Unbeknownst to her true intention, the drug dealers take Coffy to their home to have sex with her where she ultimately kills them. Furthermore, the film wastes no time in revealing Coffy’s breasts to the audience, and shamelessly depicts her in what would be considered as provocative clothing. This representation of Coffy is a prime example of the Jezebel stereotype as the hypersexual whore. Lastly, Coffy is also depicted as the Superwoman through her ability to fight and take down men on her own, even though they are socially perceived as strong, and dominant over women. She is represented as an overall “badass” as she embodies a powerful woman undertaking risks in an effort to avenge her sister.

    Some shows/films that depict these stereotypes are the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Aunt Vivian as the Superwoman) and Notorious (Lil Kim’s character as the Jezebel).

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  11. It is of no surprise that the 1970’s became a central hub for producing some of the most detrimental films towards black women. Coffy, starring Pam Grier, synthesized the most recognizable stereotypes of black women into the main character. Throughout the movie she was portrayed as the Jezebel, the Superwoman and the Sapphire. Her superwoman characteristics are conveyed through her actions as a vigilante who is avenging her sister’s plight as a drug addict. To exemplify this, the screenwriter places Coffy in almost unbearable situations, and with her cunning ability she is able to escape each snare with ease. This can be seen in the last twenty minutes of the film, where she is held in bondage after she is captured for attempting to kill one of the characters. By using her hyper-sexualized beauty, hence the Jezebel comparison, she is able to escape the hands of her antagonists. The sapphire stereotype can be seen in the overall plot of the movie. Her hatred towards the drug dealers and pimps for pressuring her sister to resort to drugs happens to be her motive for anger towards the men in the movie. Throughout the film Grier is constantly wearing clothing that exudes male sexual desire. Often she is seen in dresses without undergarments which give off the impression that she is sexually deviant and nothing more than an object. I found it interesting that the views of filmmaker, is almost synonymous to the views of antebellum slave owners who viewed black women as being sexual beasts. This same pre-modern view has now become so heavily entrenched in films throughout the last 70 years. Shows that exemplify synonymous characters to Coffy include, Nene from the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Gabrielle Union in Being Mary Jane, Kerry Washington in Scandal, Myshonne from the Walking Dead, Angela Basset and Gabrielle Cidubay in American Horror Story, Calypso from Pirates of the Caribbean, Vivica A. Fox in Kill Bill, and all the black women in Deathproof.

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    • I don’t know if the 70’s produced the worst stereotypes for black women but it certainly helped continue long held negative views of black women as well as produced new ones such as the “bad ass” Superwoman. I do agree with your analysis of the three stereotypes perpetuated in the film and agree that there is an underlining slave narrative throughout the film of her body being used as sexual property for the pleasure of all these men.

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  12. Coffy depicts the superwoman in many different ways. One way is that she seeks revenge from many people (drug dealers) who affected her sister’s drug addiction. She also seeks revenge for her friend in the movie as well. Her job as a nurse also can be of a “superwoman” quality; nurses can be known to help people. Throughout the movie, she remains a strong woman who is determined to avenge her sister and friend. She also shows Jezebel actions because she uses her sexuality to her advantage to gain power. She uses seduction in order to successfully complete her tasks at hand. Some examples of the Superwoman can be Michonne from the Walking Dead. Michonne is a strong woman who fights to not only save her life but the lives of others. An example of a Jezebel is Mary Jane Paul from the television show “Being Mary Jane”. In this show Mary Jane is a news anchor that provides for her family, however through all of this she is dependent on love and sleeping with a married man.

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  13. Coffy is an interesting body of work as it shows stereotype after stereotype not only of black women but black people as a whole. I mean Im pretty sure it reflected what was going on during this time but some of the content is disturbing enough to take us back some years as a race. Coffy was everything we learned about Sapphire Jezebel and superwoman, but it was rightfully so in achieving her task which at the same time carried the plot of the movie. The scene where she was spit on and told to crawl really did something to me but i had to remember it was just a movie, but her reaction was one that every black woman can identify with and every black man would commend. Ultimately I feel Coffy using her body to manipulate and deceive wasnt so bad to me because I feel she was playing the game I think my problem really is that is so normative. That still gets me.

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    • You raised some interesting points, Coffy was a reflection of its time and was hailed as a film that featured the first black female action hero but it was also filled with serious stereotypes of both black women and men, which made the film extremely problematic despite its small accomplishments. In regards to the scene where she was spit on and made to crawl, its the similiar type of humilations that people of color face on a day to day basis although maybe not on that level. Although, Coffy uses her body she is also using her brain when she has to overcome certain challenges. Good observations!

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  14. After completing the film, it is clear that Coffy fits the description of more than one stereotype of the black woman in relation to film. As the film opens, we are presented with Coffy appearing to be in some sort of sexual engagement but as it turns out it was all but that. Coffy was indeed sticking up the drug dealer who she felt was the cause of her little sister being in a rehabilitation center. Extremely angry and full of resent, she decided to take matters into her own hands. In this particular scene, Coffy was displayed as dominant, skillful, determined and nonetheless aggressive fitting perfectly with the superwoman image. As well as fitting the description for superwoman, Coffee was also displayed as a jezebel. In almost all of the scenes, it was rather hard to ignore Pam Grier’s breasts always having been exposed (provocative). Not only was her sex appeal a dead give away, the way she was able to manipulate her way through situations was noticeable. For example, when she wanted to see the authority’s direction in closing in on the murder case, she was able to use her manipulative ways to get certain information. Lastly, Coffy can be seen as a sapphire. As a class we came to the conclusion that a sapphire possesses qualities such as angry, resentful, pushy, bitchy, and dominant. All throughout the film, Coffee was seen displaying one if not more than one of these qualities at a time. All in all Coffy was the ideal example/introduction to Blaxploitation.

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  15. After viewing the film “Coffy” I noticed many different stereotypes of the black woman portrayed by Coffy throughout the film. From the moment the film started Coffy was seen as a sexual deviant or “Jezebel”. She pretended to be a prostitute who was addicted to drugs and would do anything just to get her next fix in order to avenge her sister for falling under the use of drugs by the local drug dealers in the town. One moment she goes from being a “Jezebel” and in the blink of an eye she then transforms into the “superwoman” stereotype when she pulls the trigger on her shotgun killing the big time drug dealer. Throughout the film Coffy switches back and forth between these two stereotypes. To the blind eye Coffy is a regular hardworking nurse who heals the sick and then on the other hand she can transform into a “bad ass” fighting machine. When Coffy is playing the role of the “superwoman’ she’s very aggressive, dominant, and determined at achieving her goal. Its like there’s two different people living in one body. Then when Coffy is playing the role of the “Jezebel” she dressed very provocative and she also very manipulative. For example in the scene when she is with the congress men and there alone by the fire place she manipulates him with sex in order to get what she wants. The film Coffy came about in (1973) but these stereotypes continue this very day. For example the movie “Cat Woman” played by actress Halle berry. Halle Berry plays the role of both “Superwoman” and “Jezebel” at the same time. Even though she’s literally a super woman character in the film she is also hyper-sexualized because of the provocative costume she wears and the way she moves throughout the film.

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    • Curtis, these are very strong examples as you have noted that demonstrate elements of Jezeble and Superwoman in the film Coffy, but as others have noted that she can also be viewed as the Sapphire. Catwoman is also a good example of how one character can represent several different stereotypes in a film. Both characters express a great deal of sexuality as well as elements of Superwoman as female action heroes.

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  16. Coffy demonstrates a distinguished character of black female-empowerment in cinema and a universal exercise in the objectification of women. Pam Grier’s character is shown as complicated figure, who has both flaws and immaculate. She stands out from most of women actresses at the time because she is portrayed as strong, independent and successful. In the whole arc of the movie, Coffy has to kill many men in order to get to the core of drug dealers. She does whatever it takes to finish her objective even if that leads her to sacrifice her sexuality. Her character exemplifies the figure of superwoman and stereotype of Jezebel.

    Jezebel music videos- Most of the Lil Wayne’s videos similar stereotype
    Jezebel in movies- Why did I get Married? (Trina’s character)

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    • Sanam, thank you for also joining us. I agree with your assesment that Coffy is a complicated character, much like Nola in She’s Got To Have It. They both attempt to demonstrate strong black, independent women but either get criticized (and even raped) for embracing their sexulaity or are forced to use their sexuality as a tool to seek revenge. Coffy does stand as being one of the first black female action hereos, therefore becomes a landmark character for better or worse. At the beginning of the Blaxploitation film era, women were barely secondary characters and only seen as a love interest or the sexual conquest of the male hero. Coffy was not only one of the main characters but the driving force for the story.

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  17. Coffy is a prime example of the stereotypes, Superwoman and Jezebel. Because the film itself was a blaxploitation film, she could never be considered as more than a stereotype. I say this because the film requires Coffy to depict these stereotypes in the manner that she does. Where is character is the Jezebel is that she is hyper-sexualized. When she is portraying the Jezebel, she uses sex as a tool. She is seductive and revealing (via her bosom). In some way, shape, or form, we she her cleavage and breast with regularity. The superwoman is even more interesting. This is because she is not just a strong woman, but an angry woman. She turns into an uncontrollable raging machine who cannot be stopped. These examples can be shown in her first seen in the drug lord’s apartment. The dinner party when she fought all the other women. She can also be viewed as a Jezebel also in that seen because of how the saw the entertainment in the violence and their body language indicated that perhaps the sex appeal of violence was being captured. Then in the final scene where she just kills everyone. What the stereotypes mean in this film see black women as hypersexual deviants, or women full of anger and rage who are vindictive. Examples of these stereotypes can be seen In tyler perry films such as Diary of a Mad Black Woman and The Family That Preys. Some TV shows that depict these stereotypes can be seen with the mother of Dwayne Wayne on A Different World as a superwoman and Whitley’s mother as more of a southern Jezebel. Even on an episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Pam Grier guests as a character resembles a little of the sexual influence that we saw in Coffy.

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    • Welcome to the discussion Mr. Patterson, we have been waiting for you to join us! You make some interesting points with how you describe Coffy as a Jezebel but I disagree with you in regards to your examples of Coffy as a Superwoman. You describe her as angry and an uncontrollable raging machine and that stereotype is more representative of the Sapphire, although she does demonstrate elements of the Superwoman with the strength and determination she uses to destroy the drug dealers responsible for her sister’s addiction. Also, I would recommend you re-read your posting to make sure you are communicating your thoughts are cleary as you want.

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  18. Coffy displays the stereotype of a Superwomen and a Jezebel .

    Jezebel – Coffy displays herself as a prostitute where she have sex with King George who influenced her sisters drug habits . She used her sexual tendencies (The way she spoke, the way she dressed, when she looked at the men seductively) to get most of the attention and to manipulate the men around her for information and which lead her to killing drug dealers, the senator, and her former lover Howard. Current film – Being Mary Jane

    Superwomen – Coffy is a nurse; where she seen as a “Good Girl”. She is also very clever; she knew while fighting off the other prostitutes’ one would pull her hair so she put razors in her hair. Towards the ending she knew she wasn’t given heroin but she pretends she’s drugged up starts talking sexual to the drug dealer and while trying to have sex with her she stabs him and escapes. She also kills her former lover for lying and cheating and betraying her. Current film – Olivia pope in Scandal

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    • Welcome to the discussion Shavonn. Good observations regarding Jezbel and Superwoman, especially regarding how Coffy outsmarted the other prostitutes. Please make sure you are reading what you wrote before you post. Some of your comments are run on sentences and its hard to read and understand. Look forward to reading more of your posts

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  19. As far as Coffy goes, I think that the main stereotype that is proposed from the main character would be the Superwoman. She does have her ways that cause her to fal into the other categories of being a Jezebel and Sapphire but the main reason I picked this is because of the fact that when looking at the reasoning behind her actions that may cause her to be a Jezebel or Sapphire they come back to the fact that she is doing it for the greater being of the Superwoman. She would use her angry and aggresive self to push her to get to her task of being that hero in her mind. Even if this means that she has to fore-go killing people in the midst. Not to mention that for someone of her stature, a nurse that has to still go to work and mainatain such a stresful job, her life is one that some may look back and think of something out of the ordinary, supernatural, or better yet. Super heroic.

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    • Korede, I thinking thats an interesting observation and I might have to agree with you. I do think her desire to protect her sister and need for revenge forces her to play these other roles. She needs to be one type of person (stereotype) or another to achieve certain goals. Its a means to an end. The problem, of course is that her behavior is a dysfunctional role of several stereotypes that perpuate certain values and images of black women, therefore her character is never seen as a whole person. Just pieces of these fragments of stereotypes.

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  20. In the film Coffy we see two aspects of black sexuality from the protagonist Coffy. She is first a superwoman who works in a hospital as a nurse and who puts the law in her own hands by doing what she thinks is justice for herself. While Coffy does seem as the superwoman type she is also the Jezebel because of the way she dresses and portrays herself in order to find some sort of information or lead to the next job she has to accomplish. I see her more as the Jezebel because she uses her body in order to put the men in a trance that keeps them from defending themselves. I see this as a weakness into the superwoman role because a superwoman is always ready to do something right or maybe heroic and not be easily taken down by two hit men like in the early middle of the movie. Even if she looks like a strong woman i see her Jezebel act as a kryptonite to the superwoman because she is always at risk for what she is doing and can make her weak at any moment.

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    • Great comments Maximo, you are using aspects from class discussion and the readings to make you arguments. Coffy is a perfect example of a dual Superwoman and Jezebel.

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