Chapter 1. Monstrous Femininity: Constructions of Women of Color in the Academy
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Constructions of Women of Color in the Academy1
I’ve seen her several times and each time I am drawn in. I look closely at her thin frame, the white hair across her brown skin. She removes her coat and begins caressing herself as she lifts her head to let out an orgasmic howl. Reveling in her monstrous femininity she turns to give the camera a shot of her behind. She is the werewolf woman in Kanye West’s “Monster” video. I watch the video over and over again pondering my relationship to her. Since I was a little girl I have been drawn to monsters, especially werewolves. Little did I know I would be framed as one.
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