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Log in through your institution. In the wake of several high profile media incidents and an ongoing dialogue about hip hop culture, representations of Black women in rap videos have become the subject of much media controversy and debate.
In academic circles, feminist researchers have long argued that images of Black women in hip hop and in mainstream media at large reinforce gendered racist ideals. Yet there is little study of how Black women interpret media images of women, and the research that does exist typically emphasizes Black women's critiques of media glorification of white femininity and their ability to reject these particular images as unrealistic.
In this study, we shift the focus to examine how young Black women interpret images of Black femininity, particularly when those images are widely labeled oppressive and objectifying.
Using an intersectional framework, we assess the ways class differences among Black women shape the different meanings they attach to the images in rap videos. This work thus contributes to the research that explores women's perceptions of media images, and offers a broader context in which to situate public debates about race, gender, sexuality, and hip hop culture.
Adia Harvey Wingfield and Melinda Mills. Cite this Item Copy Citation.
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Alternate access options. Get Started Already have an ? Abstract In the wake of several high profile media incidents and an ongoing dialogue about hip hop culture, representations of Black women in rap videos have become the subject of much media controversy and debate.