Brazil’s new primetime show “Sexo e as Negas” serves the white gaze

Black Brazilian Women“In the series the narrator is a white person. She is a voyeur; someone who is looking through a keyhole at the sexuality and the bodies of black women who can be raped and manipulated by structural whiteness, not only literally but also through cultural representation. Our existence is fetishised. We are on display for the white gaze. Moreover, even when the characters are placed in situations of explicit racism and sexism, they do not react. The women remain silent or dissolve into strange giggles. These women do not represent us.”

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Editor’s note 20/10/14:  ‘Sexo e as Negas’ the term ‘negas’ in Brazilian vernacular can be used as both racially pejorative and as a racialised term of endearment. The original title of this piece ‘Brazil’s new primetime show “Sex and the Niggaz” serves the white gaze’ has been changed to acknowledge its usage and complexities in different contexts.

by Blogueiras Negras

TV Channel Globo, one of the largest television networks in Brazil, is broadcasting a series called “Sexo e as Negas”. The series is an adaptation of Sex and the City, but this time with four Black actresses. The series has been written by the famous White actor, writer and producer Miguel Fallabella.

The very title of the series is itself hugely problematic, not only because race is the primary signifier of the women, but also because the terms are full of racist and gendered connotations, such…

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