Please connect the assigned reading on Black women as the “Other” and the “Social Deviant” to She’s Got To Have It. We talked briefly about the concept of the “symbolic whore” and the “good girl vs the bad girl”. How does that relate to his female protagonist, Nola Darling? Please review the article below on She’s Got To Have It and incorporate scenes from the film in your comments/arguments.
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)
Hoping to continue to the discussion on She’s Got to Have It. Feel free to add comments from our conversation in class about Nola Darling as a symbolic whore. How does Spike Lee frame her as a sexual deviant? What does it mean to be a good girl in Spike Lee’s world? And would Nola Darling ever fit in? With talk of making She’s Got to Have it into a cable show, along the lines of Girls, could Spike Lee make Nola Darling into the sexually liberated and self affirmed woman he thinks he portrayed her to be? Please review these articles and comment Why we should worry about a resurrected ‘She’s Gotta Have It’