Weitz, Rose. "Women and Their Hair: Seeking Power Through Resistance and Accomodation." Gender & Society . Sage Publications, 1 Oct. 2001. Web. 16 Mar. 2013.
This article was written in order to illustrate how women in general naturally generate the need for power and control over their outward appearances. The author takes her time to analyze how the hairstyle of a woman is proportional to her social class. I would consider this source to be scholarly based off the fact that it was written specifically for the Sociologist Society of Women. I would also consider it to be a reliable source because it groups women into a general species instead of separating them on race, class or location. In my essay I will use this source to express my ideas on how social class can influence a women’s perspective on hair. I would also use this source to bring out the emotions of women concerning their hair with respect to societal influences.
Schooler, D., Monique Ward, L., Merriwether, A. and Caruthers, A. (2004), “Who's That Girl: Television's Role In The Body Image Development Of Young White And Black Women”. 28:38-47.Wiley Psychology of Women Quarterly. Web. 15 Mar.2013
This article was written in order to present the different ideas pertaining to the medias influence on body image in respect to Caucasian women and black women. It has the ability to bring together a magnitude of concepts from the media that create a strain in the lives of young women. I would deem this journal as being a scholarly source because it is written and published for a Psychology of women Journal. Although there is always a bias to every source, I do think this source is reliable because it was used in the American Psychological Association; which means it is highly creditable. In my essay I will this source to draw a parallel to what is shown in the media and what African American woman strive to accomplish in their appearance. I will also use it to point out the media’s direct influence on the mental complex formed in the lives of many young women.
Bellinger, Whitney. “Why African American Women Try to Obatin ‘Good Hair’.” Sociological Viewpoints 23. (2007): 63-71. Academic Search Premier. Web. 6. Mar. 2013.
This article was written in order to define the phrase of “good hair” in the African American society. The article goes in depth detail on the different textures and styles of black hair; as well as referencing the root to why we chose to alter the state of our natural hair to conform to the appearance of white people. I would consider this source to be of scholarly merit because it was written for the Sociological Viewpoints journal. Although it may be bias, I would deem this source to be reliable because it creates puts into perspective the history of our people to derive its claims. In my essay I will use this source to create a general understanding of the phrase “good hair” for my audience. Throughout my essay I will attempt to use this source to establish, and illustrate the complex that African American women have when it comes to their hair and what exactly influences their decisions for it.
Depiciton of the appearance of the two extremely different characters that Kerry Washington plays in the show Scandal and in the Movie Django. Key observations on the appearance of African American Woman and their image with direct corelation to the status.
BAILEY WOODARD, JENNIFER , and TERESA MASTIN. "Black Womanhood: Essence and its Treatment of Stereotypical Images of Black Women ."Journal of Black Studies . Sage Publications, 10 Oct. 2005. Web. 16 Mar. 2013.
This article was written in order to express how Essence magazine portrays only a stereotypical type of African American female. Being the only established women’s magazine that targeted black women for a vast amount of time, it was used to give them an opportunity in the media. I would deem this article as being scholarly because it was published for the Journal of Black studies. I would not necessarily deep it as being a reliable source because it was openly written from the bias standpoint of depicting the flaws of Essence Magazine. This journal would be used in my essay in order to illustrate the definition of the stereotypical image of black women shown in magazines. I would also use it to provide a basis on how Essence magazine was a liberating medium for African American women to find their place of beauty in a white dominant society.
Taylor, Mikki. “The Root Of The Issue.” Essence (Time Inc.) 40.7(2009): 136-141. Academic Search Premier. Web.6 Mar.2013.
This magazine article was written to present a conversation about the different opinions surrounding black women and their hair. In a casual forum it brings together five African American celebrity women and allows for them to openly speak on their experience with their hair in our society today. I would not deem this source as the most scholarly source based off the idea that Essence Magazine is a popular magazine. But I would consider this source as reliable because it takes the direct words of the speaker and places it in to text so there is little room for being bias. This source would be used in order to clearly articulate the different perspectives of African American women and the struggle we endure pertaining to societal influences on our hair.
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