“You can be a man in bed, but outside of it …”: the tragedy of hyper-sexualization of the black man in new prime-time novela

Black Women of Brazil

Actress Glória Pires and actor Val Perré in a scene from 'Babilônia' Actress Glória Pires and actor Val Perré in a scene from ‘Babilônia’

Note from BW of Brazil: The topic of the sexual stereotyping of black women is a topic that a number of women have touched upon here over the past few years. And with the annual media depictions of the hip-gyrating black woman so deeply embedded in Brazilian culture during Carnaval and a recent controversial television series whose very name directly associated black women with their sexuality (Sexo e as negras), there has been plenty of reason to focus on the subject over the past seven months.

But what of the images associated with black male sexuality?

Although it’s not as frequently discussed, as we have shown in previously posts (here, here and here), the image is just as problematic. And as concepts of hyper-sexuality and promiscuity can have opposite affects and understandings…

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