Producing Respectable Women: Analysis of HIV/AIDS Coverage in Ebony and Essence
Women and Gender Studies
Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Arts and Humanities
This analysis of Essence and Ebony magazines' coverage of the HIV/AIDS epidemic illustrates that the magazine emphasized a politics of respectability, encouraging women to behave as model women and citizens, refraining from promiscuity and non-normative behaviors that may put them at risk. The author calls for an attention to the ways these politics, which are used to "protect" women are also used to police black women's behavior. Examining discourses about the HIV/AIDS epidemic provides an important example of how these politics of respectability can be even more harmful when topics require open discussions of sexuality.
National Women's Studies Association
Weekley, Ayana, "Producing Respectable Women: Analysis of HIV/AIDS Coverage in Ebony and Essence" (2013). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 1011.