Being Mary Jane: Stereotypes Of Successful Women

Successful. Single. Sexy. These themes have been very consistent in the last few years of television. Women of color have gotten lead roles to portray character who fit each of these guidelines, but with one commonality that has never been brought to light-- a flaw. A flaw that is universally understood. These women are single and have a lot of sex. There is no getting around that fact much, but do these shows usually ran by other women of color portray them this way. Why does sexuality and success play such a giant part of these shows when on other shows led by men focus on the character overall? Scandal and Being Mary Jane follow the “almost had it all” stereotype commonly associated with successful women, especially women of color. In this paper, I will analyze how Being Mary Jane depicts the …show more content…
She gets by through sexual partners who rarely see a future with her and wonders why she leads the live she does. Through the eyes of society, if a female lead character can reach success within her career and not her personal life. Is she really successful? You have your Clair Huxtables, but what about the Mary Janes of the world who are still trying to figure everything out. On every episode of Being Mary Jane, writers work to answer this question. Being Mary Jane has depicted unmarried black women through a lens that paints them as adulterous women who can only reach the pinnacle of success through a inner hardship. She has affairs with admittedly married men. She is flawed and she wipes clean the image of the whole black wife. She portrays a “black female sexuality that [does] not fit the traditional standards of respectability” (Tounsel 86). Her sexuality is defined by terms like “sidechick” and “hoe” and because of this her success as a woman has become overshadowed. As seen in Episode 4 of season 1 “The Huxtables have Fallen”, news of Mary Jane’s affair is

Related Documents