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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Combatting the Myths

Girlfriends looks at the lives, loves, and losses of four different women, Toni (Jones), Maya (Brooks), Lynn (White), and Joan (Ross).

It became the longest-running live-action sitcom on network television at the time, as well as one of the highest-rated scripted shows on television among African American adults and women 18-34, including its spin-off The Game.

Researcher Thoughts - I adore the portrayal of Black women on this show. It combats the myths of non femininity portrayed through the media (Mammy and Sapphire).  Although it does feed into some stereotypes of overbearing Black girlfriends and wives (Joan), it still shows that Black women are educated, intelligent and can be young mothers (Maya) who raise their children in two parent house-holds. Girlfriends changed the conversation about who Black women are as The Cosby's change the conversation about the Black family.

Related Reading - Jezebel Stereotype

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