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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 →

Using Body Studies to Challenge the Plus Size Fashion Industry

The body is something some people are comfortable talking about while others do not have much interest. I think the body is something really interesting because we all embody ours in a unique way. I am currently studying fashion and… Continue Reading →

Mixing Business and Fashion: Women’s Professional Fashion

When you look at how women in professional settings, such as politics, business, or academia dress, you can notice a trend. A simple Google search of “professional women” results in countless images of women all in suits: pant suits, skirt… Continue Reading →

The Endless Cycle of Body Dissatisfaction

Age, social class, ethnicity, and sexuality is an insightful chapter in author Sarah Grogan’s book Body Image, which gives a diverse break down on body satisfaction issues.  This is important because most data that has been gathered on this issue… Continue Reading →

Dance Performance

This powerful piece gets at the heart of domestic and intimate partner violence. Choreographed and performed by Brittani Hooker as part of her final class project.

I Call Him KamaSutra – Spoken Word Poetry

Check out this powerful spoken word poetry piece written and performed by Bri Swan as a final class project.  

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