African American Women and Sexuality in the Cinema by Norma Manatu PDF

By Norma Manatu

ISBN-10: 0786451440

ISBN-13: 9780786451449

The illustration of African American ladies is a crucial factor within the total research of the way ladies are portrayed in movie, and has bought critical realization in recent times. ordinarily, "women of colour, " fairly African American girls, were on the margins of experiences of womens on-screen depictions--or excluded altogether. This paintings focuses solely at the sexual objectification of African American ladies in movie from the Eighties to the early 2000s. Critics of the unfavorable sexual imagery have lengthy speculated that regulate through African American filmmakers might swap how African American girls are depicted. This paintings examines 16 movies made by way of men either white and black to work out how the imagery may switch with the race of the filmmaker. 4 dimensions are given specific cognizance: the range of the womens roles and relationships with males, the sexual attitudes of the African American girl characters, their attitudes in the direction of males, and their nonverbal and verbal sexual behaviors. This paintings additionally examines the position tradition has performed in perpetuating the pictures, how movie impacts audience belief of African American ladies and their sexuality, and the way the imagery polarizes ladies via functioning as a regulator in their sexual behaviors in accordance with cultural definitions of the female.

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Presumably such dramas work to satisfy dominant group members’ curiosity about who various social “others” are. For film “…ha[s] made a significant contribution to the collective vision we all have of things about which we know very little” ( Jowett & Linton, 1980, p. 75). ” Whatever the case, film’s mainstreaming process is further accentuated by the creation of an inaccessible “reality,” transporting viewers outside of their own cultural experiences into those of a wider cross-section of the culture.

As I will illustrate in Chapter 2, such is the nature of film; the immediacy of the medium adds credibility to the negative stereotype. Where do filmmakers fit into this process? Apart from being creators of their works, filmmakers are, themselves, products of and contributors to the cultures to which they belong. Presumably, they, too, also share in those cultural ideology and attitudes as reflected in film. Still, black male filmmakers differ from white male filmmakers in one major respect. S.

Significantly, while words and visual images constantly compete for control of viewers’ perceptual field, the primacy of the moving image supersedes that which is heard. Being “attention-centered” (Postman, 1979), the moving image becomes a reservoir of cultural information because visual images contain a great deal more information than a speaker can produce at any one time. It was Postman (1979) who suggested that in our visual culture, “knowing” has come to mean having pictures rather than words in our heads, by which he means that it is the visual images which inform what we come to know, what and whom we value, and what behaviors are socially in vogue.

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