Have you ever saw something posted on your face-book and try to ignore it? Some how the image keeps popping up, delivering a message that disgusts you and ultimately you have to comment? Yeah, I have been there, most people have.
Demetria L. Lucas is one of them, she vents passionately about a picture that is filled with your typical negative images of Black women. However, there is a twist to the cartoon with a mystery artist. The message seem to say that women from the 70’s seems to be superior in moral values, then the women of today. With a description of the 70’s women as one who “loves herself, God and knows her history” vs. today’s woman “who loves the world, money and thinks she is right all the time.”
Lucas’ article, makes several valid points, that caught my attention. One was the fact that there will always be good and bad images of women no matter what generation. Unfortunately in today’s society, media focuses on the bad. However, it is “crap” according to Lucas, she says, “…there are a whole host of us, too, who were raised by those good ol’ days and duly praised women of the Seventies who embody their likeness, literally and figuratively, and still carry ourselves with the best of their values, morals, and common sense.” In other words, where is the cartoon for that?
Well Said. People will always feed into stereotypes. They are the same people who give reality shows that represents us (African American Women / Men) in a negative way, the ratings. I can’t tell you how pissed off I was when I heard on the news that Love and Hip Hop was the number 1 reality show. Really? For years, I have blamed the media for these images and I pray for better.
(After re-reading my comment, I have to add one more thing. Media is a big part of the problem, but not the most important part. We have the power to keep these stereotypes out of the media. Support programs / media that only represent the image you want to see of women and men in your community. Did you ever wonder why the OWN network is failing and VH1 have high ratings for shows like Love and Hip Hop? )
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