The oppositional gaze - The oppositional gaze black female spectators Summary Bell Hooks herself is black and she introduces the topic to us by sharing

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The oppositional gaze: black female spectators Summary Bell Hooks herself is black, and she introduces the topic to us by sharing from her own experiences. As a child, she was punished for staring, because certain looks were seen as confrontational or challenges to authority. She gives us further background information about how white slave owners punished enslaved black people for looking. She linked how this traumatic relationship to the gaze had informed black parenting and black spectatorship in the modern day. All of these attempts to stop black people from gazing produced an overwhelming longing to look, a rebellious desire, an oppositional gaze. That is what Bell Hooks’ paper is all about. The “gaze” has been and is a site of resistance for colonized black people globally. When most black people in the United States first had the opportunity to look at film and television, it was the first time that they could look at white people without being interrogated. However, watching television at all was
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