The dominant image of the femme fatale is one of defiance against the

The dominant image of the femme fatale is one of

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The dominant image of the femme fatale is one of defiance against the traditional family and a woman's place in society. But as feminist film theorists have argued her demise also speaks to the idea of a woman who tries to live outside these prescribed boundaries and
what the ultimate price is for them- the inability to survive. And even though it is Dan that has the affair, responsibility somewhat shifts from him. He ends up with a forgiving wife and a rebuilt family. As one critic states: “Instead of a man’s violation of trust against his wife and family it turns into focus on the sexual autonomy of the independent woman. And because of her actions it shifts moral blame from Dan to Alex.” 2. Video: Fatal Attraction Please view this clip from Fatal Attraction Click here if you are having trouble viewing this video. 3. Deconstructing the Male Read the article Vanessa Williams - Please Read Vanessa Williams Vanessa Williams Pt 2 Women of Color ( Tribbetts-Williams ) Part 2:- Please respond to the following with less than 100 words. In regards to sexuality, women of color are often portrayed in pop culture as gold- diggers (i.e. women who use their sexuality for financial gain, status, or some other benefit) or Jezebels (as we learned about in this week’s readings). The image of the gold-digger is popular in music videos, especially hip-hop/rap videos where the artist is often a black male. When portrayed in these music videos, this particular image speaks volumes because it is a reflection of how many in the black community view their own women. In addition, the gold-digger is also seen in popular television programs such as Basketball Wives. This reality TV series follows a cast of black women who are married to professional basketball players and documents their lives. The show depicts the women living a life of leisure that involves shopping, vacationing, and partying. They are also shown as being catty without much substance. Similarly, the image of the Jezebel is also represented in music videos, movies, television, and magazines. The black women in this instance are raunchy and hypersexual. Take a look at the two popular recording artists Nicki Minaj and Fergie. Both artists portray sexy images but in different ways. Take a look at Nicki Minaj ’s cover photo for her album versus Fergie ’s photo for her album cover.
Nicki’s photo is in-your-face sexual and some might even say it’s vulgar. Fergie’s photo is still sexy but more understated and conforms to what is more socially acceptable in terms of public displays of sexuality. I am not judging either artist for the creative decisions they have made or how they choose to represent themselves. I just think this is a good example of how women of color are portrayed in pop culture.

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