Mammies, Matriarchs, and Other Controlling Images. Add to My Bookmarks Export citation. Mammies, Matriarchs, and Other Controlling Images. Type: Chapter. Binary thinking is a concept that helps to explain mammies, matriarchs, and other controlling images placed on Black female identity, (Collins. MAMMIES MATRIARCHS, AND OTHER CONTROLLING IMAGES. , ). African-American women’s status as outsiders becomes the point.

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This is not the only image to plague the Black female identity for centuries.

However, the opposite of a bitch is the male stud. They can be found in the media as well such as the welfare mom. Priya Prakashan, in an article on india. Please log in to set a read status. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Weather by portraying Black women as bitches, nannies, maids, poor, uneducated, ghetto, promiscuous, or single-mothers of fatherless children, Black women continue to be objectified through symbols and images or subordination and domination.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In her essay, Collins identifies four stereotypes that have mattiarchs the image of Black women in the United States; The Mammy, The Matriarch, The Welfare Mother, and The Jezebel, images that have been perpetuated by educational institutions, the media television, radio, music videos, the worldwide weband government agencies.

It becomes a way to dehumanize the subject.

Patricia Hill Collins “Mammies, Matriarchs, And Other Controlling Images”

Objectifying Black Female Identity: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Black women are looked down upon, oppressed, and often related to objects. The stud is the man, the master, he has authority over many women, he is the bread winner, and the father. These objects become binary. All the while women are viewed negatively. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Buying into demeaning stereotypes for profit is, at best, taking two steps forward and one step back, and at worst, taking one step forward and two steps back.


Binary thinking addresses how objects are related to each other. Join other followers.

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These are just a few examples of objectifying relationships. As a result, binary concepts define the difference in oppositional terms, Collins, Feel free to contact me via email.

Conducting research, writing articles, essays, and blogging, I give informative information on a variety of topics and issues that affect society. Examples include, good versus bad, black versus white, rich versus poor, desirable versus undesirable. Objects are things which can be used, reused, recycled, or thrown away. Negative images and biases through objectification of negative relationships, help to define binary thinking and how it works to objectify Black female identity.

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This includes cultural differences, relationships between social groups, and the African American female identity. Here’s an example of what they look like: Setting up reading intentions help you organise your course reading. What are reading intentions? It makes it easy to scan through your lists and keep track of progress. Have you read this?


In the end, regardless of whether or not they end up in a relationship with the opposite sex, they come to realize that their friendship with each other is as important, if not more important, than finding a man.

Posted by Cheryl Paulsen. Follow the University on. Here’s an example of what they look like:. Binary thinking is a concept that helps to explain mammies, matriarchs, and other controlling images placed on Black female identity, Collins, Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

It allows the individual to see both sides of a coin, both head and tails and compare the two on a spectrum of good or bad. Your reading intentions are also stored in your profile for future reference. Author Patrice Collin argue that by placing Black women as other, cultural differences can be used to define how things are matriarch.

Patricia Hill Collins Mammies, Matriarchs, And Other Controlling Images

Through binary systems Black women are observed as objects. Concepts in Criticism Section: Objects become identities that are acceptable versus unacceptable.

To observe Black women as objects is to remove them from humanity and what it means to be human. Through objectification, other people are able to take themselves out of the relationship.

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