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Black Feminist Theory; Black Women and Sexualized Images (2 Subjects)

A WMST-L query in January 2008 asked for literature on two subjects: Black
feminist theory and Black women and sexualized images.  This file contains the
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Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 21:06:35 -0500
From: "LaKeisha Caples" <llcaples AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Black women and sexualized images
Hello All,

I am looking for literature on two subjects, Black feminist theory and 
Black women and sexualized images. Your suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you,

LaKeisha L. Caples
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 21:21:14 -0500
From: L. Bisaillon <islandlaura AT yahoo.com>
Subject: RE : Black women and sexualized images
Hello LaKeisha, 
  You could look to the work of Katie Hogan for views and critical,
  feminist perspectives on black women, gender, sex, media and
  cultural representation, sexual health... I have found her work very
  useful in my thinking and research.
  Best wishes, 
Laura M. Bisaillon, M.U.P.
Etudiante au programme de doctorat en santé des populations
Membre, Unité de recherche sur la santé des femmes
Université d'Ottawa
1 Stewart, bureau 300
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5 Canada
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 21:31:16 -0500
From: "Gurr, Barbara" <barbara.gurr AT UCONN.EDU>
Subject: Re: Black women and sexualized images
Hi LaKeisha
For Black Feminist Theory and off the top of my head, you generally
can't go wrong with Patricia Hill Collins, bell hooks, Kimberle
Crenshaw, M. Jacqui Alexander, or Alice Walker (to name just far too
few).  As for sexualized images, one place to start might be a book
called "Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality" by Joanne Nagel.  I also
recommend "Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray" ed. Alexander et al.  I hope
you'll share your suggestions with the list!
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 19:28:29 -0800
From: Lisa Wade <lwade AT OXY.EDU>
Subject: Re: Black women and sexualized images
Hi LaKeisha,
I like bell hooks, Selling Hot Pussy.
And here are some images you might find useful (if it's a teaching thing):
Lisa Wade, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 08:42:38 -0500
From: Janell Hobson <jhobson AT albany.edu>
Subject: Re: Black women and sexualized images
Hi LaKeisha:

Definitely check out Deborah Willis and Carla Williams' The Black Female
Body: A Photographic History.

See also Kimberly Wallace-Sanders' anthology, Skin Deep, Spirit Strong:
The Black Female Body in American Culture.

There's my own book, Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular

Some classic essays to help you theorize on black female sexuality and
black feminist theory:

Hortense Spillers' "Interstices: A Small Drama of Words," in the anthology
Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality.

Evelynn M. Hammonds' "Black (W)holes and the Geometry of Black Female
Sexuality," in Differences, vol. 6, no. 2-3 (1995): 126-45.

Also by Hammonds, "The Problematic of Silence: Toward a Genealogy of Black
Female Sexuality," in the anthology Feminist Genealogies (edited by M.
Jacqui Alexander and Chandra Mohanty.

Also in that anthology, M. Jacqui Alexander's "Erotic Autonomy as a
Politics of Decolonization: Feminism, Tourism, and the State in the

Darlene Clark Hine, "Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Women in the Middle
West: Ruminations on the Culture of Dissemblance," in Beverly
Guy-Sheftall's anthology, Words of Fire.

There are many more, but these texts are a great beginning!

Janell Hobson
jhobson  AT  albany.edu

Janell Hobson
Graduate Director
Department of Women's Studies
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Ave.
SS 341
Albany, NY 12222
jhobson  AT  albany.edu
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 14:26:26 +0000
From: Jane Caputi <jcaputi AT COMCAST.NET>
Subject: Re: Black women and sexualized images
Hello -- On this topic, Venus in the Dark by Janell Hobson was one of
the favored books by the students in my grad and undergrad classes in
feminist theory (grad) and popular culture (undergrad) last semester.


jcaputi  AT  comcast.net
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 08:43:58 -0600
From: Laura Marks <lmarks2 AT LSU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Black women and sexualized images
I have found teaching "Black Sexual Politics: African Americans,
Gender, and the New Racism" by Patricia Hill Collins works well. It's
more contemporary and deals with media that the students are familiar

For black feminist theory, again with teaching in mind, bell hooks is
a great way to start - very accessible yet complex. "Ain't I a Woman:
Black Women and Feminism" in particular.


Laura Marks
PhD Candidate
Department of English
Louisiana State University
lmarks2  AT  lsu.edu
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 07:31:50 -0600
From: Shaunanne Tangney <shaunanne.tangney AT MINOTSTATEU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Black women and sexualized images
Almost everyone who has replied has given ideas for texts, and the question
does ask for "literature."  But I don't think a discussion of black women
and sexualized images can be held in 2008 w/o inclusion of Kara Walker's

ShaunAnne Tangney
Associate Professor of English
Humanities Division
Minot State University
500 University Ave W
Minot, ND  58707
sa.tangney  AT  minotstateu.edu
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 11:09:50 -0500
From: Stephanie Jones <sjjonesster AT GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Black women and sexualized images
*Black Feminist Thought* by Patricia Hill Collins is a great work.
Also Belle Hooks  *From Margin to Center* covers some of the theory about
black female sexualization.
Also there is an article in *The Fire This Time* about Lil Kim and her ideas
about being a feminist and embodying negative stereotypes about women in hip
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 22:44:18 -0500
From: WSQ Associate <wsqassociate AT GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Black women and sexualized images
Wonderful suggestions all. You might also want to check out the *Women's
Studies Quarterly *special issue - The Sexual Body - Volume 35 Numbers 1&2
2007 Edition

Stacie McCormick
wsqassociate  AT  gmail.com
stacie.mccormick  AT  gmail.com

Stacie McCormick
Administrative Associate
at the Feminist Press
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  10016

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