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February 2018

The Hypersexualized Jezebel

    The hypersexualized jezebel has been, and still continues to be, relevant throughout culture. Stemming from the days of slavery were slave owners took advantage of black women while abusing black men, this continuation of abuse has instilled in… Continue Reading →

Intersections of “Ratchet” and Fatness

This meme is a picture of two black women in lingerie but one has darker skin than the other. On top, it says “Dark skin vs. Light skin, who cares whos winning” and on the bottom, it says the “winner”… Continue Reading →

Race and the Body

This image does speak volumes. White skin, blonde, hair and blue eyes has always been seen a sign of dominance, power, and beauty. As Maxine Leeds Craig outlines in her book “Ain’t I a Beauty Queen?”, African American women have… Continue Reading →

Race and Respectability

  “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black” is a 2016 Saturday Night Live skit that can be seen as a contemporary replication of the “black is beautiful” concept born in the late 1960s as described by Maxine Leeds Craig in her… Continue Reading →

Hegemony and Black is Beautiful

This photo has me thinking about the motto “Black is beautiful.” This photo is used to enforce African-American women’s identities. Ain’t I a Beauty Queen by Maxine Leeds Craig discusses the cultural context you see in this photo. This is… Continue Reading →

Considering the Mammy Image

  This image displays ‘mammy’ as a women who puts the weight of the world on her shoulders. Without her, the world can’t revolve or run smoothly. Just like in slave times, mammy tends to the kitchen, the kids, and… Continue Reading →

The Body and Human Services

  In the Human Services field our primary method of work would be advocating for others. Whether it’s through connecting clients with resources or talking to someone on the client’s behalf, a good chunk of the work involves communicating. With… Continue Reading →

Be. Zen. AF.

Keyondra Wilson is studying Applied Sociology at Old Dominion University. She is particularly interested in inequalities in race and social class. She works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Social Science Research Center at Old Dominion University. Her life goal is… Continue Reading →

Dance it out!

Body Manifesto Angel Kearns is a graduate student in the Applied Sociology program at Old Dominion University. Serving as the current coordinator of the M-Power Peer Education Network, a peer education program out of the ODU Women’s Center, she is… Continue Reading →

Only one life, make it count

Ashlyn’s Body Manifesto Love yourself, unapologetically. Closed mouths don’t get fed, so speak up for others to keep the movement ALIVE! Tell your friends and family, “Thanks for the patience.” Tell Tobey, your dog, the worries. His nonverbal listening cheers you… Continue Reading →

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