A New Form of Representation or Depictions as Usual?
Chapter 7. She Has Her Own (Money)
SHE HAS HER OWN (MONEY)
“It’s almost like Toya’s worried that somebody’s gonna steal her money man. Boo, I have a job. I make my own money. Don’t want your man.”
— SIMONE, MARRIED TO MEDICINE
Long gone are the days when women are required to stay at home and rely on their husbands’ income. Now, this is not to say that women still may not choose this option; and there is nothing wrong with that decision. But, women do have the option to generate their own income, and the Black women across the docusoaps help illustrate this point. Even though domesticity is a quality historically linked to women, this was not a dominant theme across the docusoaps. There were some examples when the women were shown (or discussing) household chores such as cleaning or cooking. For example, on Married to Medicine, Heavenly, Toya, and Quad explain how it can be sexy to cook for their husbands. Kandi (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) and Brittish (Basketball Wives LA) are also shown cooking for their significant others. In both cases it appeared to be by choice. None of the women was were restricted to these roles and domestic chores were not a recurring theme. The fact that these women were not required to stay in the household and cooked by choice helps communicate the message that Black women are not required to operate only within the home and the domestic realm. ← 87 | 88...
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