2. An article of trade or commerce, especially an agricultural or mining product that can be processed and resold.
3. Advantage; benefit… A quantity of goods
Lately the rubber neckers in the African community get titillated by the numerous train wrecks of celebrity feuds and knee-grows acting badly. African females long seen as the more toned down of the two sexes ( at least from the outside) have ramped up their ghetto madness, becoming as irrational, dirty low down and just plain coonish as the men they seek to emulate and impress. The added fact that, being female and having a long narrative of physical abuse in our story this side of the Atlantic, makes the image of an out of control sister more disturbing and disgusting.
Note: In the his-story of the many tribes of Europe, women were seen as a commodity by the men. She wasn’t as strong or as aggressive nor was she dependable when it comes to survival. The voyeurs in us enjoyed the movie Quest for Fire for the action segments – and you’ all know what segment I am talking about, but what we never considered is that in an environment where people live hand to mouth, sometimes not having a good meal for days, producing additional mouth to feed tended to piss the males off. You see the Europeans during the rougher periods of his-story, always used the female as sexual release but becomes flummoxed when 9 month after she kept producing more reasons for stress on the food chain.
Not to say that we African males never had that mentality as well, but our-story and the difference in environment, social structure and system, lessened (not eliminate) the reality of the female as a commodity. During our MAAFA and subsequent traumatization, cultural and social destruction of our spirit and minds, African females internalized the understanding and expectation that being an object can be a way of not only surviving, but becoming successful in America Inc. These women also damn the lengthy his-story of terrorism against all African females and by choice damn the real sheroes, like Mary McLeod, Madam C,J., Harriett and Sojourner, to name a few who refused to be a garden tool for men to exploit and abuse further.
The id of the European male views the African Female very clearly in this painting.
Id: “contains everything that is inherited, that is present at birth, that is laid down in the constitution — above all, therefore, the instincts, which originate from the somatic organization and which find a first psychical expression here (in the id) in forms unknown to us” The id is responsible for our basic drives such as food, sex, and aggressive impulses. It is amoral and egocentric, ruled by the pleasure–pain principle; it is without a sense of time, completely infantile in its emotional development, illogical, primarily sexual, and will not take “no” for an answer. It is regarded as the reservoir of the libido or “love energy”.
Self-esteem is said to be one of the most egregious problem facing young pre-teen and teens, particularly females today. It doubles and triples significantly with African females because of the well documented cultural destruction meted out on us by the White Supremacy mechanism and in turn internalized by our post MAAFA traumatized parents, guardians and role model from the community. It is primarily evident in the discussion of the “Eurocentric” beauty model and the “Africentric” image that is portrayed in popular media, and that has affected and affected our some what self indulgent worldview. Mass media plays a role in developing or destroying the self-esteem of the young African females today in music videos, commercials, unrealistic model shows talk shows and news reports.
Education and emotional healing is the first step in changing gender relations in the Arican community. Our family need to be aware of the attacks on the African women’s body, her image and her mind and how we as elders and teachers are conditioning the young of both sexes to whore the female for some coin, some ellusive entity called fame and for just plain old carnality. The African female’s rights are violated verbally in mesogynistic lyrics, in physical interactions at clubs and oher events, on the internet and generally in this Anglo-Saxon dominated patriarchy. Each individual is aware of the deep rooted internalized misguided and sexist ideology. We need not follow the key holders of this system as they continue to exploit women in all cultures but even more so within the African culture.
Exploitation or artistic exhibit? Whoring or sexualy liberated
It seems more favourable to be a pimp than gaurdian of the sacred female temple
[“Given the legacy of images created of black women, it is an especially complex task for contemporary black women to define their own image, one that necessarily both incorporates and subverts the stereotypes, myths, facts, and fantasies that have preceded them.”]
The sad reaccuring tale of Karrine Steffans
Two years ago she sold nearly 400,000 copies of Confessions of a Video Vixen, a scandalous tell all that outed many famous names in the sports and entertainment industry. She followed up that phenomina by making the obligaory appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where many paramours were talked about while no serious questions regarding her playing the willing victim. She was said to have started an organization for girls under the banner of female empowerment, and allegedly breaking up the marriage of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, The sometime porn actress, one-time video dancer and full-time entrepreneur is set to tell even more in her eagerly anticipated follow-up The Vixen Diaries.
Vixen diaries is described as a titillating expos, chronicling her personal and professional adventures, dispelling some rumors, while confirming others. Diaries unveils the heavily shrouded Hollywood backrooms and its coveted secrets. Offering her ardent fans answers to burning questions and presenting lessons learned. Karrine Steffans continues to dish out juicy gossip and the much sought after details of her star studded lifestyle and the celebrity men that helped her get where she needed to be. Karrine draws you in to get an up-close and personal look at the Hollywood life of fast money and sex; all the things that make for a great movie. She discusses her interactions with people after the release of Confessions of a Video Vixen and how she copes with it all.
At the end of the day Mrs. Steffans, a child of abuse and sexual exploitation, is looking for love and acceptance in all places where she will be enabled and supported. As long as she can dish the dirt and spread as much gossip as easily as she does the organ that earned her unique title.
Next post from plantation tales: Breaking the woman like a horse,
This was one of the secrets the white supremacists used to destroy the African family