The memes that I have chosen for this blog post, can be defined as problematic because not only do they hyper-sexualize black women, they also sexualize black men and their relationships with people of other races, black children who are no older than the age of five, and they additionally objectify black women by describing them and their culture with food.

The first of the four memes that I selected, though it focuses on white women than black women and their relationships with black men, it still calls attention to the hyper-sexualization of the black community itself. This meme in particular applies more that the culture surrounding the black community as it implies that once you have sexual relations, only if it’s once, with a member of the black community then you will become a single mother. This mindset is very harmful to the community as it blames people instead of society and its views for the actions of people whose skin color does not matter in the least.

 

I selected the second and third memes in particular because not only did they hyper-sexualize black women but also young black children. Both of the girls depicted in the memes are no older than the age of five and have been sexualized because of their appearance for comedic effect. The little girl in the first meme of the two is belittled and oversexualized for her appearance by the creator of the meme, implying that she only befriends and likes a certain group within her kindergarten or first grade class. This meme can also be seen as comedic commentary on classism and how one appears to society is how they are ranked by society in terms of class. The little girl in the second meme of the two is belittled and oversexualized because of her hair, which is a very important facet within the black community. The creator of this meme implies that because she is a toddler with a hairstyle such as this one that she is a “thot” or “thotler” as the meme states.

The fourth meme not only acts as comedic commentary on the hyper-sexualization of black women but also the culture of the south in America and implying that it is a largely black population. The idea of referring to someone as eye candy is undeniably dated but the meme’s creator’s idea of calling black women soul food instead of eye candy when sexualizing them can be seen as even more objectifying. This idea of defining and objectifying someone by their appearance and aligning them with a food that may not be a part of their community and or culture can be harmful in many ways. It also implies that black women are only seen as objects, not as people with minds and voices that deserve to be heard.


McKenna Kobosko is currently a junior at Old Dominion University. She is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has been interested in Women’s Studies from a young age, before she even knew what Women’s Studies was. She is a fan of learning, especially when it comes to learning from what she is reading. She enjoys reading news stories on social media, as well as educational articles that focus around minorities, sexuality and its fluidity, biased dress codes, and much more. She seeks to learn as much as she can while also providing herself with many different perspectives of our society and how we as a society are socialized.