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The Asexual Mammy and the Hypersexualization of Black Women

Throughout western culture, the media has found many ways to sexualize and caricaturize the physical attributes of black women. However, the mammy figure depicts a black woman who has no sexual lure even while still possessing the physical characteristics that… Continue Reading →

What’s The Mammy?

This photo above represents what many slaveowners and people back in the day depicted black women to look like. Creed stated in his book Ain’t I a Beauty Queen? “Mass media images of black women may have been produced for the amusement… Continue Reading →

She Had a Name

Hattie McDaniel played the role of “Mammy” a slave, head of house management, and care provider to one of the main white helpless female character’s in “Gone With the Wind” 1939, that film was my first conscious exposure to the… Continue Reading →

The Asexual Mammy Figure and the Black Body

The role of the “mammy” derived during slavery, which resulted from the race relations the country endured. A mammy was typically an overweight black woman, employed by a white family to serve as their caregiver, and provide assistance to the… Continue Reading →

Media and the “Mammy”

                                      Yummmmmm, who doesn’t like pancakes? Aunt Jemima was an iconic spokesperson for helpless pancake makers everywhere, but just like the times of old, many White mothers relied on the help of their “Mammies.” Without these women, their houses would… Continue Reading →

Asexual Mammy or Hypersexualized Woman?

This image is a direct depiction of what the asexual mammy is when discussed in the book by Maxine Craig. I think it’s concerning that if a black woman wants to work, or even work hard for that matter, she… Continue Reading →

Hyper-Mammy what?

This picture is one I found on the web through twitter. I thought that this was a modern way of looking an old piece of history. The asexual mammy role was often given to the older black women who were… Continue Reading →

The “Asexual Mammy” and the Thin White Male

I conducted a loose Google Image search study for the trope “Asexual Mammy” in 2018, and this was found to be trans-historically true: an emphasis on size, domestication (being in the home), and difference—not only limited to her, but also… Continue Reading →

Evolution of the Mammy Character

The mammy figure is a black woman that lived to serve a white family, most often living in with the family to cook and take care of the children. This woman is most often depicted to be asexual and 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 →

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