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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 →

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 →

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