A New Form of Representation or Depictions as Usual?
Chapter 4. Reclaiming Sexuality
“You know how milk does a body good? But sex does a body good too. And if anything better, God would have kept it to himself.”
—GENEVA’S MOTHER, blood, sweat, and heels
With prevalent images like the Jezebel and Sexualized Bitch, audiences may be accustomed to a negative portrayal of Black female sexuality. In the majority of instances when in the 2011 study, the female was the minority cast member and her sexuality was framed in a less flattering light. Sex was not a theme that dominated the majority of the docusoaps’ storylines in the 2014 analysis. This alone helps communicate the message that Black women are not consumed with sex. However, sex was also not a taboo topic. In the cases where the women’s sex lives were discussed, sex was generally not framed in a negative light. This has the potential to help broaden people’s views on Black women as sexual beings.
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