Monday, May 13, 2013

The Sassy Black Woman

Black people –and women especially- are often believed to be more outspoken than Caucasians. It would prove interesting to stop and reflect on where this stereotype comes from. The origin of the sassy black woman can be traced back to the seventies where both the civil rights movement and the feminist movement greatly influenced the African American woman. Women were give new liberty and were encouraged to be more outspoken. Blaxploitation in films of the 70’s and 80’s consequently developed the stereotype into what it is today. Although the stereotype is generally respected and opinioned, it denies the individual persona of each African American female.

The main features of the sassy black woman include:
*Solid confidence
*Speaking her mind
*Extrovert character
*Sexually assertive

The stereotype can also include negative characteristics:
*Often a bit overweight

Some examples from popular culture:

Mo'nique (in practically every role)
Queen Latifah (also in the majority of her works)
Wanda Sykes' character Barb in The New Adventures of Old Christine

Effie White in Dreamgirls
Tyler Perry's character of Madea

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