Week 3: Drag

For this week’s post, I chose to focus on black women’s sexuality and how it pertains to comedy. I came across a clip of Wanda Sykes’ comedy routine that demonstrates points made by hooks about black female bodies. Sykes’ states that, from a young age, girls are taught that they have something everyone wants and that it’s their job to protect themselves. She then goes on to theorize the use of a “detachable pussy,” which would allow women a greater amount of freedom due to the absence of the fear of being attacked taken advantage of. She also states that a detachable pussy would prevent a fear of being robbed or raped simply because without a pussy, women have nothing of value.

In this sense, Sykes’ is reducing women to sexual object or simply body parts similar to hooks’ depiction of historical European culture. hooks refers to black females on display stating, “[Guests] are not to look at her as a whole human being. They are to notice only certain parts” (p. 62). By placing value only on a woman’s vagina, Sykes reduces female sexuality to one body part and ignores the possibility of any other valuable traits.

Additionally, Sykes’ suggestion of danger for women who travel alone emphasizes gender roles in which women are taught to be fearful of being out late at night. This idea can be linked to hooks’ theory that the dream of racial equality is linked with a fantasy of assuming conventional sexist gender roles. Sykes’ use of sexist jokes and crude statements, while humorous, actually serve to perpetuate gender roles while devaluing women.

-Krystal McKenzie

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