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you a stone freak in yo own skin: Missy Elliott's and Lil' Kim's Constructions of Black Womanhood
Unformatted Document Text:  Black Womanhood 24 song sometimes on the floor with the dancers and sometimes in the nightclub usually surrounded by women. The viewer may not even notice Kim in the background as the female dancers dance by themselves then the male dancers take center stage. Kim does not make her first appearance until she performs the second verse of the song. Not only does her clothes match the color of the room but her hair also matches. Kim sports four different outfits for this video: a red bikini and red fur, a yellow midriff-baring shirt with black shorts, a sheer green shirt and a blue fur coat with oversized blue pants. She only performs on the dancefloor in the red and yellow outfits. At different times, she appears to be posturing so as not to expose herself in the green shirt. For example, she appears to hide her chest just under a table to avoid exposing herself. Furthermore, she continues to sit on the "throne" in the background as she wears the blue outfit. This is her least feminine ensemble and she even appears to sit in a masculine posture during this scene. She does not come to the front of the dancers to perform as she wears the blue and green outfits; however, there are several close-up shots of her performing or just posing for the camera. Also, she does not appear to have had her body sculpted at this point in her career. Even though the viewer can see her body in the red outfit, Kim does not bring very much superfluous attention to it. The main focus seems to be her fashion sense. The female extras are typical of most rap videos. There seems to be at least five women to every one man. They all vie for attention from both the men and the camera. Some of these women and the female dancers are scantily clad but others are not. Almost all are wearing tight, revealing clothing. These images do not challenge the male gaze; they only reinforce it. This is a typical rap video centered in male-female heterosexual

Authors: Brooks, TaKeshia.
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Black Womanhood 24
song sometimes on the floor with the dancers and sometimes in the nightclub usually
surrounded by women. The viewer may not even notice Kim in the background as the
female dancers dance by themselves then the male dancers take center stage. Kim does
not make her first appearance until she performs the second verse of the song. Not only
does her clothes match the color of the room but her hair also matches.
Kim sports four different outfits for this video: a red bikini and red fur, a yellow
midriff-baring shirt with black shorts, a sheer green shirt and a blue fur coat with
oversized blue pants. She only performs on the dancefloor in the red and yellow outfits.
At different times, she appears to be posturing so as not to expose herself in the green
shirt. For example, she appears to hide her chest just under a table to avoid exposing
herself. Furthermore, she continues to sit on the "throne" in the background as she wears
the blue outfit. This is her least feminine ensemble and she even appears to sit in a
masculine posture during this scene. She does not come to the front of the dancers to
perform as she wears the blue and green outfits; however, there are several close-up shots
of her performing or just posing for the camera. Also, she does not appear to have had
her body sculpted at this point in her career. Even though the viewer can see her body in
the red outfit, Kim does not bring very much superfluous attention to it. The main focus
seems to be her fashion sense.
The female extras are typical of most rap videos. There seems to be at least five
women to every one man. They all vie for attention from both the men and the camera.
Some of these women and the female dancers are scantily clad but others are not. Almost
all are wearing tight, revealing clothing. These images do not challenge the male gaze;
they only reinforce it. This is a typical rap video centered in male-female heterosexual


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