Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Rise Of The Twenty-First Century Hottentot Venus

I am damn sick and tired of black women freely signing up to be a modern day version of Saartjie "Sarah" Baartman aka the Hottentot Venus. If its not the video vixens of hip hop like Angel Lola Luv exploiting their ample backsides then its the brainless and soulless sistas that allowed Snoop Dogg to parade them down an MTV awards red carpet with leashes around their necks.


Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems has started a new campaign on her blog, Something Within, to put an end to another company using a black woman's backsides to sell financial services. How ironic is that by the way? Please visit Dr. Weems website and assist her in ending yet another exploitative image of African American women.

5 comments:

CW February 24, 2008 at 2:54 PM  

Sure does make one proud! When will it stop?

JJ February 24, 2008 at 6:28 PM  

@cw

Women have always used their bodies for profit.

That's not going away.

I guess if you get offended about the butt then all the big boob beer commercials are a problem too.

Or the blatant use of scantily glad women to sell everything from food to clothes.

I guess my isse is about the images that are peddled to kids and not so much the ones that are peddled to adults.

rjweems February 24, 2008 at 7:58 PM  

Prof. Tracey,

Thank you for the shout out on this one.

I'm sick of advertisers stereotyping black women and peddling our sexuality to sell their wares. We've got to band together and put a stop to it.

Again, thanks.

Anonymiss February 25, 2008 at 12:12 AM  

The most troubling thing about these women is that many of them think they're actually going places. That is nothing more than disposable employment. Those women are rotated like every 3 years.

I remember watching the Making of the Video of Mystikal's "Danger" and Superhead (unknown at the time) said that video "modeling" is a gateway to acting. All she's acted in was Man Apart. The best acting she's done was on Oprah where she went on there as some sort of reformed ho.

And what is up with Oprah and her producers? Either they fell for the okey-doke or Superhead's segment of the show was ill-researched. She is not "saved." She's made a killing off of her detailed sexcapades.

I really feel sorry for her son.

The only marginally successful video vixen/pinup girl that comes to mind is LisaRaye.

tasha212 February 25, 2008 at 11:57 AM  

The problem I have with the negative images is that they have come to define who we are and how we are perceived globally. Positive and intelligent women are not given any attention, while the image of black women becomes synonymous with "ho", b****, prstitute, and any other derogatory name you can think of. So, yes images that are marketed towards adults are harmful to us because they represent US to the rest of the world.

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