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The case study follows the idea that pop culture, i.e., social media and streaming television shows, wants to be inclusive, but it can’t. It falls back on the old traditions (sexism, religion) of stereotypes. If media perpetuates stereotypes, then how do black women become more than their stereotypes…by sharing their/our voices so that other black millennial women know that they are not alone in this open yet repressed culture. CBFS Podcast talks to black millennial women from a range of sexual identities to hopefully give a voice to unrecognized forms of black female sexuality and give additional viewpoints to ones that pop culture continues to stereotype.
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Millennial age black women
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Research (more on case study website)
EX: Longing to Tell By Tricia Rose | “Guide to the Asexual Community Survey Data” by Tristian Miller | Black Looks: Race and Representation by Bell Hooks | Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya U. Noble
TV/Movie EX: Gone With the Wind | The Cosby Show | Living Single | The L Word | Chewing Gum, Shameless U.S. | Empire
Social EX: Google | Youtube - Jouelzy | Shan Boody | Whoreible Decisions | Instagram
Print EX: JET Magazine, Ebony Magazine
Plan of Action
The Chronicles of Black Female Sexuality (CFBS) Podcast focuses on black female sexuality, specifically the commodification and stereotyping of black women for the millennial generation. This installment consists of 6 episodes from black women of various sexual identities and backgrounds. Each interviewee answers about 5 or more questions depending on the direction of the interview. The episodes range from 15-45 minutes due to its conversational nature.
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Do you express your sexuality differently online and offline?
Who is your sexual icon? Why?
Do you have a black sexuality icon? Who and why?
When did you start to see your sexual identity reflected in media? What did you think about it?
What role does pop culture/ white culture play in how you view your black sexuality?
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Sexuality is still a taboo subject that women have a problem talking about in problem or in the "semi-privacy" of a podcast. Media as a whole is the root of stereotyping and bias but also an outlet to promote different types of sexuality, sexual expressions, and advocacy. Music came up often as the basis for both sexual expression pioneers and the hindrance of black female sexuality. Music was also recognized as part of the origins of female stereotypes. Social media is an outlet that promotes itself as an unbiased and open space, but it fails to deliver through the resulting comments.