Essay about The Effects of Media on African American Females

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Can you imagine living in a world in which your beauty is not seen as beauty at all? Many black women wake up to this reality every morning. Living the life of an African American female is difficult because you do not fit into the Eurocentric paradigm in which you are forced to be reminded of daily. Media shows us as a people who we are and how we are supposed to be. Media affects black women in a negative way because it portrays black women in a negative way.
Black women have to face the effects of being over-sexualized through media. As a result of African American women being over-sexualized and used for only their appearances, they feel obligated to focus on their appearance and sexuality. This is because they are shown through media
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Can you imagine living in a world in which your beauty is not seen as beauty at all? Many black women wake up to this reality every morning. Living the life of an African American female is difficult because you do not fit into the Eurocentric paradigm in which you are forced to be reminded of daily. Media shows us as a people who we are and how we are supposed to be. Media affects black women in a negative way because it portrays black women in a negative way.
Black women have to face the effects of being over-sexualized through media. As a result of African American women being over-sexualized and used for only their appearances, they feel obligated to focus on their appearance and sexuality. This is because they are shown through media that "their bodies are public domain, belonging less to themselves and more to others" (Gordon 245). Rap videos, in particular, sexualize African American females frequently. A study was conducted to determine if there was a link between exposure to these types of videos and unsafe sex, drug and alcohol use, and violent behavior in African American adolescent females. According to the results, adolescents who had more exposure to these types of videos, were more likely to have hit a teacher, have been arrested, multiple sexual partners, used drugs, consumed alcohol, and/or have acquired a new sexually transmitted disease (Wingwood, DiClemente, Bernhardt, Harrington, Davies, Robillard, Hook 437).
Exposure to the Eurocentric paradigm as a
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