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Farrell analyzes a postcard, pairing a large white-woman with her butt-crack showing with a hobo admirer viewing her from behind, and grabbing his crotch in bemusement Rather than begin historically, I want to proceed chronologically through the life of the thin-male co-dependent in investigating the asexual mammy stereotype. Beginning with traditional embodiments of the asexual mammy and white-thin construction starts in childhood, as represented here by the thin white boy in this early-to-mid 20 th century Aunt Jemima advertisement. Here we see the relationship modernized and radically different from historical constructions, but still all to similar.
Still in a domestic setting, albeit with physical intimacy and representing a fictional loving relationship: their size, racial, and physical differences invite comedy for voyeuristic audiences to contemplate their sexual practices and gawk at their gender reversals. Following young-adulthood is the middle-aged car salesman. Highlighting the predatory economic dependence of the two here is my key aim. If the asexual mammy is out of the house, it is for a political purpose, mobilized by conflicting white-dominate political parties of democrats and republicans.
Even an erect Cadillac ornament positioned at the salesman midsection on top of a car engine—extending out towards her in predatory excitement—points to the intimate relations between the two. Smell frequently occurs as a target of ridicule, as noted here by the flies that seem to attract the donkey and thin white man despite, or because of, the smell. Changes from other images though appear to depict her hair as natural and proud, she is ambulatory, and confident in a neo-liberal, market-choice kind of way, still benefiting late-capitalistic inequality. This final image, of a middle to older aged thin white male is emblematic of nineteenth-to-early-twentieth century racist portrayals that demonized miscegenation, or racial mixing.
However, the thin white male is juxtaposed with her as old and affluent, again highlighting their physical, economic, and historical interdependence and ties to slavery. Kissing, eyes open staring at each, probably intonates, as the text also does, that their actions are not focused on bodily pleasure but on their sight, in transgressing social and visual boundaries. Both of her hands are in fists and her hair is still covered up, redeeming some notions of respectability politics around the symbolism of the asexual mammy, even in racist poetry.
So interwoven in the lived selves of these particular bodies is a historical dependence and mutual construction of deviantness, enacted if these bodies transgress socially constructed taboos against segregationist issues. Perhaps their mutual construction and saliency has to do with their immediate markers of difference, if placed in immediate comparison with each other. What is no secret to mixed-races couples or families is I hope elucidated here as a long history of trying to enforce a racist separation that only reproduces their actual interdependency, but through perversion and social stigma.
Gender is a main factor in this pairings enduring representation, along with race, as reproduced through Leslie Jones and Kyle Mooney on SNL. The social and economic constructions that separate and categorize would like to see their continually imagined hierarchal relationship continue, but this study shows that hierarchy is transgressed and ever circulating. Installation by Kara Walker Also, if you check that out, check out the controversy at the time around sexually explicit selfies with the Sugar Sphinx. Farrell, Amy Erdman. NYU Press, Craig, Maxine Leeds. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and a minor in studio arts from ODU with concentrations in art history, graphic de, and linguistics.
In his scholarship, he is interested in body, gender, sex, and sexuality studies — focusing on the masculine body — as applied to American media and cultural studies. Nathan has interests in digital humanities scholarship, and loves good puns.
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