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Abstract

This qualitative study uses juxtapositional, intersectional and critical discourse analyses as one composite framework to assess Black female victimness and matriarchy in three Tyler Perry films. Findings exposed a transitional archetype model consisting of 5 domains (Victim, Bitterfruit, Matriarch, Forgiver and Princess) whereby victimized characters are portrayed using racist and sexist stereotypes. Additionally, rich juxtapositions in the films with regard to Black female victimness and matriarchy were also revealed. These juxtapositions play out in the transitional archetype model and reiterate a harmful racist gendered stereotype: strong, Black women (matriarchs) are not and cannot, by way of their strength, aggressiveness and violent dispositions be legitimate victims. This major finding, in addition to other findings based on the model and juxtapositional discourse analysis, expose important implications for social work practice, education and future scholarship.

Publication Date

2015

Keywords

Gender violence, Media, Women, Intersectionality, Critical discourse analysis, Stereotypes, Juxtaposition, Feminist research, Qualitative

Disciplines

Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Gender and Sexuality | Other Film and Media Studies | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Race and Ethnicity | Social Work | Women's Studies

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Elizabeth Cramer

Is Part Of

VCU Graduate Research Posters