Baad Bitches and Sassy Supermamas Black Power Action Films
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Description: This lively study unpacks the intersecting racial, sexual, and gender politics underlying the representations of racialized bodies, masculinities, and femininities in early 1970s black action films, with particular focus on the representation of black femininity. Stephane Dunn explores the typical, sexualized, subordinate positioning of women in low-budget blaxploitation action narratives as well as more seriously radical films like Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and The Spook Who Sat by the Door, in which black women are typically portrayed as trifling "bitches" compared to the supermacho black male heroes. The terms "baad bitches" and "sassy supermamas" signal the reversal of this positioning with the emergence of supermama heroines in the few black action films in the early 1970s that featured self-assured, empowered, and tough (or "baad") black women as protagonists: Cleopatra Jones, Coffy, and Foxy Brown.
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List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 8/4/2008
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
|Introduction: Race, Gender, and Black Action Fantasy|
|The Pleasure of Looking: Black Female Spectatorship and the Supermama Heroine|
|Black Power and the New Baad Cinema|
|What's Sex and Women Got to Do with It? Sexual Politics and Revolution in Sweetback and The Spook|
|Race, Gender, and Sexual Power in Cleopatra Jones|
|Sexing the Supermama: Racial and Gender Power in Coffy and Foxy Brown|
|Afterword: Superbaad for the Twenty-First-Century Screen|