The Beauty Model, Colorism and the Images of Women of Color

For Extra Credit:


Pick 2-3 three articles that address Colorism and the Beauty Model and discuss as it related to either the short film Yellow Fewer, a tv show or film that favors or refers colorism. As always incorporate the readings, our discussions and refer to the content in this blog posts in your comments. Also see, the short film Yellow Fever which we viewed in class

Empire’s Grace Gealey Says She Didn’t Experience Colorism Until She Came to the US

Viola Davis as You’ve Never Seen Her Before: Leading Lady!

This Latina Is Calling Out Telenovelas For Being ‘Overtly White’

Why are there so few black female stars with darker skin?

What You Need To Know About Colorism, As Told By A Light Skinned Black Woman

Yellow Fever


2 thoughts on “The Beauty Model, Colorism and the Images of Women of Color

  1. Claudine –

    • Is Claudine a sex object or a love object
    In Claudine (Welfare Queen) mind, she like think that she is love object, however, her lover (James Earl) see her as sex object. Yes, the rules always be different by male versus females, this hold weight even outside of our culture. According to (Hooks 1981) while changes in public attitude towards black men(youth) have occurred, there has not been any for black females…
    • Single mother with 6 children who is a housekeeper and lives in Harlem. Yes, Claudine had six children in that time frame it was acceptable, there was a lack of birth control, and planned parenthood. The point can refer to the fact Claudine was still willing to take so many chances with love. This film was written around the time that talks about birth control was new, or available to the well to do (wealthy).
    • Sleeps with James Earl Jones on their first date, but remains committed to him, not sleeping around. The fact that Claudine Slept with on the first night was not good. However, she did, which confirms the fact that she is a love object. After six children Claudine believed that she can find love.
    Some argue it is because they don’t fit the prototypical image of a stereotype target. In general, when people discuss “women’s issues” or when research is conducted on gender bias, the focus is usually on White women. And when people discuss “racial issues” or when research is conducted on racial bias, the focus is usually on Black men. Because of their multiple subordinate-group identity, Black women live in the intersection between these two stereotyped groups, and as a result, often fall between the cracks.( Melissa Burkley Ph.D. ;The Social Thinker). Children are a extension of their parents. The fact Claudine was part of dysfunctional society and did not realize that she had low self-esteem she was raising her children with the same thought process. Claudine has a broken self-image of herself. So, her love is broken. Claudine Daughter will fall under same generational curse as her mother. This why she the mother works to protect her daughter against making the same mistakes she has made even as she is making them.
    • Argued that the rise in single mother families was due to the destruction of ghetto culture. Single mother deserves love no matter what their social status are. The function part the word means purpose. The prefix for dys means bad. With this label of dysfunction, Single black mothers are given or label this is a national disaster, because of America action in the past they failed to make things right the problem needed to address long ago. We are now face with a Society that needs fix it.
    All the children see themselves as nothing, invisible So why is it that Black women are so invisible in social situations? The fundamental problem, in which this is most clearly the case, is that of family structure. The evidence — not final, but powerfully persuasive — is that the Negro family in the urban ghettos is crumbling. A middle-class group has managed to save itself, but for vast numbers of the unskilled, poorly educated city working class the fabric of conventional social relationships has all but disintegrated. There are indications that the situation may have been arrested in the past few years, but the general post war trend is unmistakable. So long as this situation persists, the cycle of poverty and disadvantage will continue to repeat itself. This would be a new departure for Federal policy. And a difficult one. But it almost certainly offers the only possibility of resolving in our time what is, after all, the nation’s oldest, and most intransigent, and now its most dangerous social problem. What Gunnar Myrdal said in An American Dilemma remains true today: “America is free to cho(o)se whether the Negro shall remain her liability or become her opportunity.”
    (The Case for National Action Office of Policy Planning and Research United States Department of Labor March 1965)

    • Welfare Queen vs absent father/lazy man
    • Issues working and being on welfare, can’t have a man around.
    • Blk Male/female conflict/dynamic
    • Moynihan Report:
    • The Negro Family: The Case For National Action (known as the Moynihan Report, 1965) was written by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an American sociologist serving as Assistant Secretary of Labor[1] under President Lyndon B. Johnson of the United States.
    • Argued that the rise in single mother families was due to the destruction of ghetto culture


    • Rosalinda, you made some really good comments even though you posted in the wrong blog. In addition, you connected outside reseach materials to the film which is very impressive. In addition, you brought up a point that is rarely raised in any of the classes in relations to this film. Which is Claudine’s role to the stereotype of the Welfare Queen. Does she follow in the footsteps of her mother as the sex object and welfare queen or can she eventually become a love object like Claudine. Good job! For future posting, please incorporate quotes from the readings.


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