Black Feminists and "Transgression" Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Black Feminists and "Transgression"
A discussion of two black feminists and the influences on their creative products.
# 119617 | 1,229 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on May 12, 2010 in Film (Artist) , African-American Studies (Gender) , Women Studies (Culture)

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This paper explores how two black feminist women use their work to represent and understand life. The author describes their use of transgression and draws attention to their transgressive acts in film and literature to show women do not have to be "looked upon" as objects. Bell Hooks, a writer, focuses on the black woman, while Carolee Schneemann, film maker and artist, focuses on herself as a woman. They add to one another's work by reinforcing women of all races and ethnicities affected by transgressive attitudes and actions. Because Hooks and Schneemann use their talents in writing and the arts, respectively, they both use their talents to show different sides to their feminist works while remaining true to their purpose.

From the Paper:

"Bell Hooks uses transgression in order to create a feminist work in her essay by addressing some major observations she has made in regard to how black women are depicted in film. Hooks first addresses the "gaze" and its relationship to "black parenting and black spectatorship" (197). She explains the gaze as a way to express domination over a group of people. For instance, in a movie theater black men could gaze at "white womanhood without a structure of domination overseeing the gaze, interpreting and punishing" (Hooks 200), but not on the street in front of others, specifically white people."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hooks, Bell. "The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators." Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies. New York: Routledge, 1996. 197-213.
  • Schneemann, Carolee. Carolee Schneemann Biography and Selected Works. 25 June 2006. <>.

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