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Postracial ResistanceBlack Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity$
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Ralina L. Joseph

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479862825

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479862825.001.0001

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“They Got Rid of the Naps, That’s All They Did”

“They Got Rid of the Naps, That’s All They Did”

Women of Color Critiques of Respectability Politics, Strategic Ambiguity, and Race Hazing

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Postracial Resistance

Ralina L. Joseph

NYU Press

Chapter 5 is the second of the two audience reception chapters in the books, which continues documenting a group of young women flow of commentary before, during, and after watching a full season of their favorite television program, America’s Next Top Model. These young women claimed agency in the face of what they interpreted to be racist and sexist media representations, and they subsequently produced counter-narratives to strategic ambiguity. This chapter looks at how the young women flouted the corporate notion of the management of difference in their viewing community by flouting respectability politics, calling out colorism, rejecting code-switching, and, overall, rejecting postrace.

Keywords:   Audiences, Feminist, Black, Women, Postracial, Postfeminist, Media, Resistance, Gender, race

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