Abstract

This article argues that Rihanna’s music video for “Pour It Up” disrupts the grotesque/hypersexual dichotomy regarding Black women’s bodies in the popular/mainstream music industry by constructing exotic dancers as multi-dimensional artists and athletes, not always already objects lacking autonomy and self-determination or silenced bodies reduced to their appearance. Additionally, the article argues that the video subverts the idea that exotic dancing is only significant as a consumer commodity, as well as the idea that constructions of Black exotic dancers must always perpetuate discourses that denigrate Black women.

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