"What don't Black girls do?": constructions of deviance and the performance of Black female sexuality

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dc.contributor Raimist, Rachel
dc.contributor McKnight, Utz Lars
dc.contributor.advisor Shoaff, Jennifer L.
dc.contributor.author Hill, Kiara Monique
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:23:29Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:23:29Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001909
dc.identifier.other Hill_alatus_0004M_12320
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2335
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This research interrogates the ways in which Black women process and negotiate their sexual identities. By connecting the historical exploitation of Black female bodies to the way Black female deviant identities are manufactured and consumed currently, I was able to show not only the evolution of Black women's attitudes towards sexuality, but also the ways in which these attitudes manifest when policing deviancy amongst each other. Chapter 1 gives historical insight to the way that deviancy has been inextricably linked to the construction of Blackness. Using the Post-Reconstruction Era as my point of entry, I demonstrate the ways in which Black bodies were stigmatized as sexually deviant, and how the use of Black caricatures buttressed the consumption of this narrative by whites. I explain how countering this narrative became fundamental to the evolution of Black female sexual politics, and how ultimately bodily agency was later restored through sexual deviancy. Chapter 2 interrogates the way "authenticity" is propagated within the genre of reality TV. Black women are expected to perform deviant identities that coincide with controlling images so that the "authenticity" of Black womanhood is consumed by mainstream audiences. Using Vh1's Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and Basketball Wives I analyze the way these identities are performed and policed by the women on both shows. Lastly, Chapter 3 is a reflexive analysis detailing the ways in which Black women process the performances of deviant Black female identities on reality TV using ethnographic methods.
dc.format.extent 92 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Women's studies
dc.subject.other African American studies
dc.title "What don't Black girls do?": constructions of deviance and the performance of Black female sexuality
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Gender and Race Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Gender and Race Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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