The Exploration Of The Black Woman's Truth: Linking Slavery, Stereotypes, And The Media

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jaelyn Felder (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: In American culture, black women have often been categorized in stereotypical ways as the hypersexualized jezebel, the subservient mammy, or the angry black woman. The purpose of this study is to explore how these stereotypes are an integral part of our culture and how the influence of the media affects the black woman’s universal image. The main questions this study asks are 1) What are the origins of these stereotypes? 2) How are these stereotypes shown in the media? and 3) How do these stereotypes affect the black woman’s image in society? The study defines media as television sitcoms and dramas, and the sample for analysis is made up of seven shows dating back from the 1950’s to the present day. Preliminary results show that the stereotypes that were used throughout history to represent black women are still subtly represented in our media. The results of this study are noteworthy because they will provide a link between stereotypes of black women created as a result of slavery and the stereotypes seen in the media today. The study will also offer a solution by proposing an example of an alternate television show that defies such racial stereotypes.

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Honors Project
Felder, J. (2018). "The Exploration Of The Black Woman's Truth: Linking Slavery, Stereotypes, And The Media." Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2018
black women, black women in the media, black women and stereotypes, slavery and stereotypes

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