October 26, 2006

No love scenes for Indians

Hey Hollywood, Black, Asian, and Latino Men Do Fall In Love!I saw this great post on the All Things Considered Blog about love scenes in the top grossing movies. The author, Steven Barnes, reviewed love scenes in the 350 films that have earned more than $100 million dollars. Barnes found that 50 of these movies had loves scenes, which he operationalizes as scenes that insinuate sex, but not one of those scenes included a male actor who was not white.

I think one of the primary ways that groups are marginalized is through control of their sexuality. The control can be exercised directly through sexual violence (i.e. rape), forced breeding, and coercion. It can been done indirectly through stereotyping and erasure. I think one of the primary ways that Black, Asian, Latino, and American Indian sexuality is controlled today is through what Patricia Hill Collins calls controlling images. Popular movies, TV programs, music, and almost every other major form of popular culture contribute these controlling images when they avoid showing African Americans in intimate, loving relationships. Not only are people of color not shown in loving relationships, we also rarely see intimate family relationships.

2 comments:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
About the only comment writerfella could make here is that such an observable principle only can mean that 'assimilation' or 'absorption' or even 'acculturation' factors are at work. Natives did not die out and so they must be shown that they will be assimilated and that resistance is futile...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
And then again, thinking about what that Canadian playwright said, were there any rape scenes involving Natives?
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'