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By Norma Manatu

This paintings makes a speciality of the sexual objectification of African American girls in movie from the Nineteen Eighties to the early 2000s. Critics of the detrimental sexual imagery have lengthy speculated that keep watch over through African American filmmakers could switch how African American girls are depicted. This paintings examines 16 movies made through men either white and black to determine how the imagery may fluctuate with the race of the filmmaker. 4 dimensions are given precise cognizance: the variety of the women's roles and relationships with males, the sexual attitudes of the African American girl characters, their attitudes in the direction of males, and their nonverbal and verbal sexual behaviors.

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Representations of black women, it is alleged, are typically transmitted in the form of unflattering filmic images. But the film industry has long engaged in disclaimers regarding perpetuation of its negative content regarding any one social group. Still, that black women’s cinematic coding as the “mammy” dominated the screen up through the 1960s (Anderson, 1997; Bogle, 1989; Modleski, 1991) cannot be denied. What is also undeniable is that the “mammy’s” dominance on screen abated at the end of the 1960s only to be replaced in the 1970s by the appearance of the dominant “oversexed” black female predator.

All relevant information about the character is sifted out of the article or story [or film] and classified [p. 189]. Berelson (1952) suggests that a content analysis provides a highly objective and scientific method for describing the content of a communication behavior. Thus, a content analysis schedule also allows researchers control of the variables, thereby assuring a high degree of reliable conclusions. Holsti (1969) explains that if, in the operational definition, the researcher specifies those variables which determine whether a given unit of behavior falls within the category defined: A good operational definition satisfies two requirements: it is a valid representation of the analyst’s concepts, and it is sufficiently precise that it guides coders to produce reliable judgments [p.

As we have seen, it is generally thought that members of the mainstream cultural group are likely to share in the beliefs, attitudes, and dreams of that particular culture (Wolfenstein & Leites, 1950; Jowett & Linton, 1980). It is also the case that many, if not most, members of marginalized groups likewise share, at least on a subconscious level, the beliefs, attitudes, and dreams of the dominant culture (Frazier, 1957; hooks, 1992, 1995; Yamato, 1998). So that even negative ideas projected in the media about underrepresented groups are likely to be believed by certain members of those very groups.

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