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International and Intercultural Communication
Black queer media, Black queer women, Communication studies, Matrix of domination, Quare theory, Stud misogyny
The purpose of this Black feminist-quare study is to analyze the relationship between misogyny and queer masculinity performed by “studs” in Black queer web series located on YouTube.com: Women of Atlanta TV, New York Girls TV, Choiices The Series, and The Best Friend. Studs are masculine-identified Black lesbians. Stud misogyny is tethered to histories of the patriarchal gaze on Black women’s bodies. This gaze exposes stud and femme queers to layers of violence challenging us to rethink masculinities outside of the colonial imagination. I employ a Black Feminist Quare theoretical framework to attend to stud’s embodied experiences, challenge restrictive frames of Black lesbian sexuality, and name the systems of oppression implicated in negative frames of Black lesbianism. To analyze the web series and respective viewer comments, I use the Matrix of Domination as an Intersectional method committed to revealing power systems that lead to the conflation of stud with misogyny in media. In the conclusion, I advance the call for a Love Ethic in seeking liberation for Black queer women in media and beyond.
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McMickens, Taisha, "A Black Feminist Quare Interrogation of Stud Misogyny in Black Queer Web Series" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1809.
Received from ProQuest
Communication, Black studies, LGBTQ studies