Policing the Beat: Hip Hop Bodies on Lockdown
Jiel Latimer, 2009
This 25-minute documentary short, by Jiel Latimer, explores black women’s hyersexual representations in hip-hop music and argues that their hyper-visible bodies, which emerged during the corporate media takeover of this black working-class cultural expression, are linked to criminality and the increased presence of African American women in the U.S. prison system. Jiel Latimer completed her M.A. in Women’s Studies in Spring 2009. Final Project Committee: Janell Hobson (Chair) and Vivien Ng.
Sex on the Beach: Tourism in Contemporary Advertisements
Sylvia E. Perez, 2007
This 20-minute documentary short, by Sylvia E. Perez, examines tourism postcards from Brazil and the Dominican Republic. Drawing on historical narratives of slavery and colonial conquest in Latin America and the Caribbean, Perez argues that sexual representations of Latina women in contemporary ads, which fuel sex tourism and sex trafficking, have their roots in this troubled history. Sylvia Perez completed her M.A. in Women’s Studies in Fall 2007. Final Project Committee: Janell Hobson (Chair) and Patricia Pinho.