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“Taking Off the Armor”: Media’s Destructive Ideals of Black Women


By Tyanna David for Writing 101: Writer’s Workshop at The College of New Rochelle, Fall 2014

Due to the influence of pop culture on gender roles, many people look to the media for guidance on how they should look, behave, or act; for women this is especially true. The depiction of black women is a prime example of how the media generates a set of standards for a woman, specifically women of color in regards to their skin and hair. The influence that the media has on black women is damaging because it causes confusion and, in some cases, self-hate. The media dictates how black women, especially younger women, should look, and because their youth makes them easily influenced, they tend to adapt destructive ideals about self-image.

When watching movies and TV shows starring black women, it is rare to see their hair in a natural state. Their hair is…

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