1. Everyone willing to engage respectfully is welcome. Inhospitable behavior is a rule violation.
  2. ♥ Thank You Family - for sharing with me for 17 years. I am honored.

Black People : Jezebel Stereotype

Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by cherryblossom, Jun 8, 2009.

above content a

above content b

 
  1.  
    cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Messages:
    18,977
    Likes Received:
    5,447
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +5,447 / -0
    Jezebel Stereotype

    "The portrayal of Black women as lascivious by nature is an enduring stereotype. The descriptive words associated with this stereotype are singular in their focus: seductive, alluring, worldly, beguiling, tempting, and lewd. Historically, White women, as a category, were portrayed as models of self-respect, self-control, and modesty – even sexual purity, but Black women were often portrayed as innately promiscuous, even predatory. This depiction of Black women is signified by the name Jezebel.2

    K. Sue Jewell, a contemporary sociologist, conceptualized the Jezebel as a tragic mulatto – "thin lips, long straight hair, slender nose, thin figure and fair complexion."3 This conceptualization is too narrow. It is true that the "tragic mulatto" and "Jezebel" share the reputation of being sexually seductive, and both are antithetical to the desexualized "Mammy" caricature; nevertheless, it is a mistake to assume that only, or even mainly, fair-complexioned Black women were sexually objectified by the larger American society. From the early 1630s to the present, Black American women of all shades have been portrayed as hypersexual "bad-black-girls."4

    Jewell's conceptualization is based on a kernel of historical truth. Many of the slavery-era Blacks sold into prostitution were mulattoes. Also, freeborn light-skinned Black women sometimes became the willing concubines of wealthy White southerners. This system, called placage, involved a formal arrangement for the White suitor/customer to financially support the Black woman and her children in exchange for her long-term sexual services. The White men often met the Black women at "Quadroon Balls," a genteel sex market.

    The belief that Blacks are sexually lewd predates the institution of slavery in America. European travelers to Africa found scantily clad natives. This semi nudity was misinterpreted as lewdness. White Europeans, locked into the racial ethnocentrism of the 17th century, saw African polygamy and tribal dances as proof of the African's uncontrolled sexual lust. Europeans were fascinated by African sexuality. William Bosman described the Black women on the coast of Guinea as "fiery" and "warm" and "so much hotter than the men."5 William Smith described African women as "hot constitution'd Ladies" who "are continually contriving stratagems how to gain a lover."6 The genesis of anti-Black sexual arch types emerged from the writings of these and other Europeans: the Black male as brute and potential rapist; the Black woman, as Jezebel whore.

    The English colonists accepted the Elizabethan image of "the lusty Moor," and used this and similar stereotypes to justify enslaving Blacks. In part, this was accomplished by arguing that Blacks were subhumans: intellectually inferior, culturally stunted, morally underdeveloped, and animal-like sexually. Whites used racist and sexist ideologies to argue that they alone were civilized and rational, whereas Blacks, and other people of color, were barbaric and deserved to be subjugated...."

    .....The Jezebel stereotype is contradicted by several historical facts. Although Black women, especially those with brown or tan skin and "European features," were sometimes forced into prostitution for White men, "slaves had no prostitution and very little venereal disease within their communities."17 Slaves rarely chose spouses from among their blood relatives. Slavers often encouraged, and sometimes mandated, sexual promiscuity among their slaves; nevertheless, most slaves sought long-term, monogamous relationships. Slaves "married" when allowed, and adultery was frowned upon in most Black "communities." During Reconstruction "slaves eagerly legitimated their unions, holding mass-marriage ceremonies and individual weddings."


    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
  2.  
    Amnat77

    Amnat77 Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    5,428
    Likes Received:
    2,614
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    professional.
    Location:
    UK..not for long
    Ratings:
    +2,614 / -0
    Stereotypes about black women

    There are three main stereotypes that white Americans have had about black women for hundreds of years: Mammy, Jezebel and Sapphire. Whites have read the behaviour of black women through these stock images (along with some lesser ones):

    Mammy is the Aunt Jemima black woman. She is fat, almost a mother earth figure, but she has no sex appeal. She is happy with her life of faithful service to white people. She smiles and laughs. Maybe too much. She has a good heart but she is not particularly bright or even all that trustworthy. In the 1960s the matriarch stereotype took her place, which in turn gave rise to the welfare queen in the 1970s.

    [​IMG]

    Jezebel, named after an evil queen in the Bible, is a loose woman who wants sex all the time. She’s gotta have it. Yet at the same time she uses sex to draw men in to get what she wants. Sometimes it is money. Sometimes it is to destroy them. Hip hop videos and Halle Berry’s in “Monster’s Ball” push this image of black women. Angela Bassett refused the part in “Monster’s Ball” for just this reason.

    [​IMG]


    Sapphire, named after a character in “Amos ‘n’ Andy”, always seems to have her hands on her hips while she is running her mouth – putting down her man, making everything into a fight, never taking anything lying down. She is an overbearing, hard and undesirable woman who drives men away – and so winds up alone. Think of Tichina Arnold’s character Pam in “Martin”. Michelle Obama comes dangerously close to being read this way.

    [​IMG]

    Mammy was the main stereotype till the 1950s. Jezebel has been the main one in Hollywood films since the 1970s. Sex sells.

    A study done in 1993 on white American university students showed that nearly all of them saw black women as Sapphires to some degree. It seems to be common among black men too. I am guilty of it myself, which is why I write this.

    These stereotypes are not a well-meaning but unsuccessful attempt to understand black women. They are an attempt to excuse the behaviour of white people - and black men – towards black women.

    A clear example of this is when black men bring up the Sapphire stereotype as an excuse to date and marry white women.

    These stereotypes inform us that black women are happy to do the dirty work (Mammy), do not mind having sex and children without a wedding ring (Jezebel) and complain too much (Sapphire). And if so many of them find themselves bringing up their children without a man, it is their own fault (Sapphire).

    The power of having Oprah and Claire Huxtable on television is that they cut right across these stereotypes and weaken them. (The older I get the more I understand Bill Cosby.)

    The danger of hip hop is that it strengthens the idea that black women are nothing but “*******” and “hoes” – Sapphires and Jezebels.

    http://abagond.wordpress.com/2008/03/05/stereotypes-about-black-women/
     
  3.  
    StefiA

    StefiA Active Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2010
    Messages:
    849
    Likes Received:
    215
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Ratings:
    +215 / -0
    Interesting - I must admit I'd never, ever thought about either the actual Jezebel or jezabels in general being black before - I think I probably just tend to think of everybody in the bible as brown Jewish / Arab people. I certainly recognize the other two characters though as they both crop up on TV progs over here quite a bit.
    "A clear example of this is when black men bring up the Sapphire stereotype as an excuse to date and marry white women."
    While this may well be true, I couldn't help but think 'poor guy' if he actually believes that he isn't going to get exactly the same treatment from a lot of white girls as he would from the 'saphire' - especially if he goes for any southern European type.
    The hip-hop attitude to women could be seen as a problem, but often the lyrics are not as blatantly sexist and exploitive as you might think if you really listen to them. To me there is a bigger problem with female singers feeling the need to appear on stage practically naked as this seems to me to very much enforce the idea that girls are primarily sex objects (luckily just doing backing vocals I can just stand at the back with all my clothes on! :) )
     
    • Like Like x 2
  4.  
    Omowale Jabali

    Omowale Jabali The Cosmic Journeyman PREMIUM MEMBER

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2005
    Messages:
    20,939
    Likes Received:
    9,355
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Creative Industrialist
    Location:
    Temple of Kali, Yubaland
    Ratings:
    +9,355 / -0
    The Biblical Jezebel was NOT a Black woman. She was a white Asiatic follower of Ashtaroth and Molech.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  5.  
    Omowale Jabali

    Omowale Jabali The Cosmic Journeyman PREMIUM MEMBER

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2005
    Messages:
    20,939
    Likes Received:
    9,355
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Creative Industrialist
    Location:
    Temple of Kali, Yubaland
    Ratings:
    +9,355 / -0
    • Like Like x 1
  6.  
    Chevron Dove

    Chevron Dove going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

    Joined:
    May 7, 2009
    Messages:
    5,534
    Likes Received:
    2,442
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +2,442 / -0
    I absolutely agree because secular history supports this so well.

    You probably already know this but I just want to make sure you know; Because you are a discplined man with a masters degree and you have been actively contributing and researching, it says a lot when you come into these type of discussions and confirm and verify truth! So thank you so much for your efforts and for making yourself avaliable!
     
    • Like Like x 1
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
Black Women - Mothers - Sisters - Daughters Jezebel Stereotype (No Gender preference) Sep 8, 2007
Black Women - Mothers - Sisters - Daughters Jezebel Stereotype Sep 24, 2004
Audio Video Web Conferencing THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A JEZEBEL Oct 4, 2011
Black Spirituality / Religion - General Discussion JezeBEL--LEBanon [reverse script], BAAL & ASHTAROTH Worship Jan 8, 2010
Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On! Jezebel......(Extreme) Feb 15, 2009
Black Spirituality / Religion - General Discussion The Truth About Jezebel Feb 24, 2008
Black Spirituality / Religion - General Discussion Prospering after Jezebel-Jezebel, Seducing goddess of War Sep 21, 2007
Black Spirituality / Religion - General Discussion The Jezebels of Hypocrisy -Women Preachers Are Hypocrities Sep 20, 2007
Atheist Study Group Atheism, Secularity, and Well-Being: How the Findings of Social Science Counter Negative Stereotypes Aug 15, 2013
Black People Doing Positive Things BLACK STEREOTYPES DESTROYED Apr 14, 2013

Users found this page by searching for:

  1. jezebel stereotype

    ,
  2. The jezebel stereotype

    ,
  3. black jezebel caricatures

    ,
  4. examples of jezebel stereotype,
  5. what was the brute Jezebel and Sapphire