Social Implications and Black Femal Stereotypes

As a follow-up to our discussion on Social Implications and Black Female Stereotypes, we will continue this discussion on the presentation below and the Lupe Fiasco music video. Please incorporate the examples from our readings.


10 thoughts on “Social Implications and Black Femal Stereotypes

  1. In the prezi presentation talks about the black stereotype. How black individuals are being affected by media and seen as something negative in society.

    For example, in the prezi presentations called, ” The black female sexual stereotype, music videos and their effects on young black women’s sexual decision-making,” by Subeyda Mohamed discusses how black individuals are being affected by media. In the presentation it points out how children are spending more time watching television instead of doing other things like education or being more active. Children are paying attention more to singers and their lyrics and becoming influenced in them then other things.

    In Lupe Fiasco music video “Bitch Bad” its about little girls being influenced by a women dancing or we can say a “video girl” dancing in a video very provocative and sexually. The little girls are watching the video girl and attempting to dance like her. and the end of the video one of the little girls end up becoming a video girl exactly like the one she saw in her childhood. This is an example of how many girls are being influenced by the things they watch in the television.


  2. Maria, what I am looking for in the post are two basic things. One to see if you are doing the reading, understand it as well as can incorporate it into your response to the blog postings. And two, to write responses that express an analytic approach to the work we are doing and the films we are watching. What you did here was basically give me an overview of what I already know. You need to dig a little deeper. What you are doing is kind of like cheating. Just simple responses to fill the post. You are not allowing yourself to really address the topic. The issue of social implication as it relates to the stereotypes and images we have been talking about all semester actually goes well beyond black female sexual stereotypes. The young women that were attacked in the video were women from the Puerto Rican Day parade. That could have happened to any group of women. What are your thoughts? Does it make you angry, upset or do you think the media has no responsibility to the images they put out. These are the things I want to hear from you!!!!!!


  3. In the “bad bitch” video by Lupe Fiasco, we see the growth of a little girl wanting be be the stereotypical overly sexual,underdress whore that she sees on TV growing up. This can be related to the reading about African American Women and Sexuality in the Cinema where Postman (1979) states “… visual media as “image-centered, affect-centered, and attention-centered”, so that, although human speech is heard, “it is the pictures that always contain the most important meanings.” This quote is brilliantly portrayed in this video because as the little girl watches the music video, she imitates what she’s seeing on TV, and as we see her as a young adult, she idolized the video girls and wanted to be that. She dressed and acted like the girls in the video, thinking that she will get what they got-the rich guys with cars, jewelry and money. The video also showed, after the music video, the models and rappers looking at themselves in the mirror and begin to put blackface on. Blackface was used by whites to represent a black person, along with big red lips. I feel like this was included in the video to show how these rappers and video girls were making a fool of themselves for the camera/viewers, and thats how they should really feel when they look at themselves because they are degrading themselves and their culture just for the entertainment of others.


    • Great connection of the reading to the music video as well as oberservations about the video but this would have been a great opportunity to talk about the long term implications of these images and the stereotypes we have been talking about all semester. How do we move beyond the constant stereotyping of black women and create images that better reflect the reality and complexity of black women lives.


  4. In the music video we see how children when growing up get the wrong message of what it is to be a woman and also how they should be treated. When we hear rappers talk about “bad bitch” or I don’t mess with these “bitches” it is basically talking about every woman. Yet if we were to ask females who listen to these rappers they usually say, ” oh no they are not talking about me, they are talking about those other women.”
    Yet it is a message we all fail to see and fully understand. We get messages that women should have a very curvy rear and a overly round and perky bosom. From very early on little girls get the message that it is what they should strive for. Yet what is truly bad about this is that the sexual objectification of women came from the time of slavery, where a a girl would go through adolescence and thats when they were targets and used for sexual exploitation.

    Also it is at a youthful age where boys and girls around their early teens begin to listen to rap music that causes they change in their behaviors among one another and leads to sexual behaviors that is risky. Listening and watching media examples that degrade women will defiantly cause a change in the level of respect that is given and received.


    • Very good observations relating to the music videos and the stereotypical images constantly depicting of black female sexuality. As usual, its important to connect the reading to your blog postings


  5. In Lupe Fiasco’s music video “Bad Bitch” we see the social implications caused by Black Female Stereotypes. Throughout the music video, we watch a little girl act out what she sees in music videos of overly sexual african american females. Due to this view of fame and being over sexed, the little girl aspires to grow up just like those women in the music videos. This causes many social implications because it is not only this little girl who is viewing this music video or music videos and aspiring to be like the overly sexualized women dancing, there are little girls all around the world who are becoming victim to these videos. This can be related to the reading African American Women and Sexuality in the Cinema where Postman States “it is the pictures that always contain the most important meanings” (1979). This is true because just from this little girl viewing these images, she is fed lies that show her that in order to be famous, sexy, or loved by men this is the image that has to be portrayed – and this is false.


    • Brittany, you made some good obversations relating to the video and social implications. You are correct in noting that these “little girls viewing these images” are fed lies of what its like to be “in order to be famous, sexy and loved by men.” But these images are also harmful to men as well as we saw in the documentary about the Puerto Rican day parade. We have to change the behavior of men as well as women and we do that by providing different images of black women. You quote of the reading is a great example of that.


  6. Lupe Fiasco music video sends a message about the power of media on viewers, and how it can, therefore, shape the views of children, it also stresses the fact that the messages currently being conveyed–and shaped– by meda are negative, through the images of women as sex object on film and music, girls are learning that their body is their only value, and boys are learning to associate the girls they know with the images they see on TV. Manatu states that “images could potentially provide insight into a culture’s social attitudes regarding sex-roles and women’s sexual place in society” referring to the fact that media also expresses the views that are already in society; however, I agree with her view that “filmic images may tell viewers who is valued in society and who is not”, it “circulates ideas about power and status relationships as reflected within larger society.” (Media “effects” Theory, pg. 2). I think it was clever that Lupe Fiasco used the same resource (media) to share a positive message.


    • Thank you for giving me an analysis of the Lupe Fiasco video as oppose to an overview. You made some excellent connections to the videos with the quotes you selected from readings, especially the quote to thereferring to the fact that media also expresses the views that are already in society. Therefore, we must take responsibility for the images as well as the behavior exhibit instead of always blaming the media. The question is what are the next steps to changing these stereotypes.


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