Black Women Can… Artist Talk

Level of Education of Students Involved


Faculty Sponsor

Tiffany Bell


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-27-2023


My series “Black Women Can…” is designed to be an attack against the harmful stereotypes and attitudes aimed at black women, “misogynoir”. Misogynoir, coined by Moya Bailey, is the combination of the words “misogyny”, the harmful attitudes and oppression of women, and “noir”, black in French. Misogynoir is simply the misogyny of black women. In Bailey’s book Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance she describes the three archetypes that black women are cast. These stereotypes, coined by Carolyn M. West, are the jezebel, the mammy, and the sapphire. In these depictions of Black women in the media, consumers of said media are fed the same three narratives that say, “This is what Black women are, and this is how they behave in the real world.” Consequently, the repetitive use of these harmful stereotypes in media bleeds into the real world, in the form of misogynoir.

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