Black women suffer media degradation

By Cherae Hunt |Asst. News Editor|

It disappoints me as a black woman to see myself portrayed in such a negative light in the media.

Black women are seen as either sexual objects or perceived as “ghetto,” even though there are plenty of women in power positions that don’t get recognized or represented.

All students interviewed are black.
“We want to give the appearance that we are living the good life because most songs out today say that if you aren’t drinking alcohol heavily, going to the club every weekend and sleeping with some stranger by the end of the night then your life is boring,” said student Destiny Hunter.
All over television and rap music videos black women are shown as talking down to each other, fighting or showing off their body sexually like in the television show “Love & Hip Hop.”
If this takes up most of the media this is what young black girls are going to idolize.
I understand that sex sells, I am just curious as to why black women have to be the ones dumbed down or hypersexualized in the media.
For example, there are videos of black women gyrating their bodies in rap music videos for men that degrade the women by calling them “hoes” and “bitches.”
“And all she eat is d**k/She’s on a strict diet, that’s my baby/…And she the best with that head/…I lost a few good b**ches/Met some more bad b**ches,” sings Lil Wayne in his song “Love Me.”
There is a light at the end of the oversexualization of black women tunnel.
Viola Davis made history at the 2015 Emmys for winning the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
“You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rimes, people who redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black,” said Davis in her acceptance speech.
Writing strong independent black women characters in media programming like television is what the world needs today.
Characters like Olivia Pope in “Scandal” and Annalise Keating in “How to Get Away with Murder” show strong women that are educated and independent.
Drama television wouldn’t be entertaining without sexual innuendo or a murderous plot twist, but these programs never show these women barefoot, pregnant and unaware of who their baby’s father is such as shows like “Maury.”
Reality shows have taken over television, with over 80 reality television shows on the air today according to an article on by Miss Cellania.
“I can understand why black women are perceived as ghetto and unintelligent, it’s the shows we see today, these women on these shows are either having sex, talking about sex, showing off their body in a sexual way, or fighting another girl over a man they had sex with and the sad part is black girls want to be just like them,” said student Jason Randall.
Black women need to empower each other.
In order to change these shows, we need to change ourselves first.

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