Jezebel Stereotypes

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The Jezebel was another origin of the hypersexual nature of African American women. This stereotype developed after Sarah Baartman era. The term jezebel is heard in the Bible.“The negative jezebel stereotype also has a long history in American culture. She is usually a young, exotic, promiscuous, oversexed woman who uses sexuality to get attention, love, and material goods”(Tyree, p.398). Being defined as one’s body was not enough, the jezebel ideal elevated. Sexual assault took over and women were left dealing with the title of, jezebels who wanted this type of behavior happen to them. Understanding that rape was not illegal when the victim was an African American woman. History points to the fact that “white men were probably never convicted…show more content…
They take in stride this idea of what is means to be a “bad girl” by living their lives recklessly with little to no remorse for others. Natalie Nunn is an example of how hypersexualization and the angry black woman is a vital element to the show. Natalie is the epitome of what this show is based off of, being the baddest girl you possibly could. Natalie constantly bullied, encouraged violence, and showed no care for anyone in the house, often disrespecting the others for intimidation. On the flip side, she lived a promiscuous lifestyle, for example she brought home a random guy named John, instantly making out with him and preparing for an sexual exchange. Her strength is her intimidation. She is always picking fights, and constantly is involved in some type of convertation. For the sake of the tv show, and celebrity status the stereotype of the angry black woman is shown to be her strength. Natalie capitalizes on this notion of the “Good Girl/Bad Girl” which is describes the image as “ more realistic since it is supported by the women’s actual behaviors rather than sugar-coated in the show’s biographies.” (Goldman, 17). This idea of “Good Girl/Bad Girl” is a gift and a curse for someone who uses the strategy. As it does not help the image of the African American woman, it does give the opportunity to expand of…show more content…
When she won that award she said: “In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can 't seem to get there no how. I can 't seem to get over that line. And let me tell you something. The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there”. As opportunities are the start points for anything exposure to occur, there needs to be more complexed, less sexualized, and versatile roles for African American women are not taking on roles that negatively depict who they

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