3 thoughts on “Week 11 Day 2 Discussion Question 3

  • April 27, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    It’s clear that the images above are an attempt to diminish Kamala Harris’s character through hyper sexualization and criticism based on her appearance. In terms of relating this to the ” Misogynoir and Kamala Harris” reading, it’s clear that like the comments made by political critics post Kamala’s debate, the comments in these posts fail to address any of Kamala’s political policies or opinions but rather focus on invalidating her political on the basis that she is a woman of color. Two of the posts above directly mention Kamala Harris engaging in sexual acts, in one case to engage in ‘politics’ and in one case to provide foreign aid. Adhering the the common themes of misogynoir, Kamala Harris is portrayed as the ‘loud angry and sexual’ black woman who is presumed to be unqualified and unfit for her position and is ridiculed for a perceived lack of intelligence and for her strong personality.

  • April 27, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    These memes reflect the stereotype that black women are promiscuous, as well as the idea that they are lazy, as it suggests she wouldn’t have gotten to where she is without having slept her way there. They undermine her authority as well as her intelligence, reducing her from someone in power to someone they feel okay insulting and belittling. This type of undermining is something almost all women in politics have to deal with, but these seem very racially charged, as they are making leaps in order to make her appear as a temptress, which is a common stereotype for black women. By sexualizing her they are able to claim she is ill-equipped to lead, linking sexual promiscuity to laziness – another stereotype – and making it seem that a woman like her couldn’t have gotten to her position of power without it.

    • April 27, 2022 at 1:54 pm

      I agree with fact that these memes reflect the stereotype that black women are promiscuous and lazy, but I would also add that they are being masculinized while also being sexualized. These memes seem to be combining the loud and irate “angry black woman” myth along with just the masculinization of black women. I also wonder how her age is or is not brought into the mix. It seems older women are both minimized and ignored, but older black women, in particular, they are also still sexualized and masculinized; while older white women are desexualized.

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