Saturday, December 29, 2007

Professor Tracey's Phrase Book

This new Professor Tracey's phrase was inspired by my blogging sista, Mes Deux Cents. She has offered up a brand new and highly insightful definition for all the misogynistic and sexist men in the world, particularly those involved in rap music and hip hop culture. "Faux - Heterosexual." Please see her wonderful blog for the entire definition. It struck me and a couple of her commenter's that a definition was now needed for the women that allow themselves to be used like a modern day Hottentott Venus - a silent, hyper-sexualized, and disposable pawn featured in the numerous and endless procession of hip hop videos and songs that negatively depict African American women. I offer the following new phrase and definition in response.

Gender Turncoat - Pronunciation - [jen-der] [turn-koht] - noun

A woman who willing engages or continuously participates in actions, behaviors, and attitudes that negatively portrays women, particularly African American women as helpless, mindless, and spineless, gold-digging, over-sexed fembots or female crash test dummies.

A gender turncoat is only out for herself, completely disregarding that her words and actions have a negative impact and lasting influence on numerous others. Additionally, this kind of woman can be regularly counted upon to side against her own gender, particularly when any opportunity arises to make money or earn notorious fame.

The cause of gender turncoatism is the single-minded false belief that selling your mind, body, and soul is perfectly acceptable and understandable as long as you "got paid" or "was doing what I had to do" or "got mines" or "handled my bidness."

Maybe used in the plural form (gender turncoats) to describe the endless parade of women lining up to be exploited in music videos, reality television shows, and modern blaxploitation feature films.

A gender turncoat is often a crossover or multiple offenders in terms of working overtime to bring down the female gender. This kind of woman will accept any kind of behavior from a man, no matter how abusive, derogatory, heart-breaking, insulting, humiliating, or unhealthy that man’s particular behavior, habit or action maybe. See the blog What About Our Daughters for information on the continuing Concubine Conspiracy.

Gender Turncoats have become a unfortunate phenomenon in the black community because of our addictive habit of celebrating shallow materialistic values and "get rich quick" plans over strong moral character and "slow and steady wins the race" ideals.

It is extremely difficult and virtually impossible for a gender turncoat to see that her actions have a negative impact or effect on the lives of other women. They will often present themselves under the guise of being “a strong black woman” but the truth is they are more depend upon the resources and services of other people than any other woman in the world.


g-e-m2001 December 29, 2007 at 7:22 PM  

The good news is that these folks are in the minority. The bad news is that they are a vocal and violent minority faced with an apathetic majority.

They've been running offense for so long unopposed that all we have to do is confront them a little and watch them run.

SheCodes December 29, 2007 at 7:44 PM  

Okay, that's a jumping high five on that one. Can't we put all of the gender turncoats in a boat and ship them off somewhere?

Watch and see. In a few years they'll be proudly wearing fake-gold jewelry with 'G.T.' inscribed on it... knowing how they like to embrace negative labels and all.

SheCodes December 29, 2007 at 7:45 PM  

Oh yeah... and y'all need to stop making me look bad with coming up with brand new posts every 5 seconds and everything! I will never be able to post every day!!


wisdomteachesme December 30, 2007 at 8:03 AM  

LMAO !!!!!!

i have comments, but i just had to say this first, I Am Cracking UP laughing at this!!

at this post and the one that MDC put on her blog--have given me such a laugh !

thanks for exposing these people - i am so glad for a few reasons--but now, can you all start to expose and let the people (mostly women) in the churches know that they think they are dating a "real woman loving man"--who is probably meeting the preacher and /or a deacon for lunch or a weekend off saving souls???
lol !
Please know that i know there are some good 'heter' men that go to churches--i don't mean All of the men ---but you all know what i mean.....

we, on this playing field don't claim either set of men (from rap to gospel) that portray themselves as these 2 groups do. Oh and know that this is not just black men--acting/living this way.

Mes Deux Cents December 30, 2007 at 9:16 AM  

Professor Tracey,

"perfectly acceptable and understandable as long as you "got paid" or "was doing what I had to do" or "got mines" or "handled my bidness."

This above passage from you is the excuse I have heard sooooooo many times!

Some people think that if you are being paid to do something then its okay, that school of thought seems to be pervasive amongst hip hop followers.

Some how we have to teach the young ones that being paid doesn't automatically make everything okay

tasha212 December 30, 2007 at 11:46 AM  

This post is hysterical and sady, true. I think that sometimes we as women are our own worst enemies. I think that in the upcoming year, we should have a campaign indicting these women as aiding and abetting in the conspiracy to destroy black women and girls.

wisdomteachesme December 30, 2007 at 3:42 PM  

mdc, i agree with your comments. so true.

what they do not realize is that just because you are handed an opportunity that looks like what you need--doesn't mean it's for you!

I'm waiting on Divine opportunities to be revealed to me--not the "copycat ones" that evil will send to you!
such a lack of integrity.

the copycat ones they take are the kind that after you take hold of them, they end up putting you further back than where you were in the first place.

but that selfish comment they misuse = ima-get-mines. i really do not like that phrase.
doesn't russell simons book have that title or something like that?

that just tears me up everytime i hear some wannabe say it. basically--as long as i get what i want--who cares about you and others-at any cost.

and some people have to hit the bottom before they see they need to climb up.

NoWay December 30, 2007 at 8:40 PM  

Thanks for this post. It puts things into perspective as we prepare for a new year. A time when one tends to look at their life and the time and money they’ve spent educating themselves and working hard only to see "Gender Turncoats" racing ahead with their new boob jobs while you pay your bills.
I often wonder what I would it be like if I was a “get-mine-it’s-all-about-me-kind-of-whore” and your post reminds me that I could never be that caliber of woman that lacks sisterhood and integrity and gives up her humanity in order to survive. Great blog.

CW December 31, 2007 at 10:41 AM  

The good news is...I see Black women who are waking up and directing their dollars away from these minstrel shows...I just wonder when everyone else will follow suit...


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