Jezebel Stereotype Essay

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Being a woman is hard work. We many have pressures on us from society to marry, bear children, be an upstanding citizen, and maintain some sort of career, all the while trying to understand our bodies and its changes; being a woman of color, or black woman, it’s even harder. Not only do we have to deal with everything a White woman does, and we also have the added pressure of defying stigmas and stereotypes within our own group of people. What stigma’s you ask? How about not being perceived as ignorant, uneducated, and or “ghetto”. The stereotypical misrepresentations of African-American women and men in popular culture have influenced societal views of Blacks for centuries. The typical stereotypes about Black women range from the smiling, …show more content…
If you’re familiar with the bible than you have probably heard one of these two stories, one in the Old Testaments and the other from the New Testament, if not both.
In Revelation 2:18-29, Jezebel is described as a prophetess, a false teacher, and an immoral woman and idol worshipper. Jezebel encouraged those who attended the church to engage in sexual sin and worship other gods. “But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent; and she does not want to repent of her immorality”. Rev. 2:20-21 She was like the Jezebel in the Old Testament, they share numerous characteristics. God warned this Jezebel that He would punish her if she did not stop teaching this evil and repent. God not only warned Jezebel the teacher, He also warned her followers to stop and repent (Rev. 2:22-23). “And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.” Rev. 2:23 What exactly is the Jezebel Stereotype? It is the portrayal of Black women as lascivious by nature. Words that are linked with this stereotype are meticulous in their focus: worldly, seductive, alluring, tempting, beguiling, and lewd. In the past, White women were depicted

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