The racial politics of Avatar

December 30, 2009

i have not seen this movie. i would like to, in order to criticize it, and perhaps, to even enjoy it. and yet, i dont want to contribute to its revenue stream. oh noes!

here is an interesting article (i have not yet read it in its entirety): the racial politics of avatar

If Jake’s attraction is primarily sexual, it has to be interpreted through the historical White fetishization of women of color. From the slave masters’ midnight visits to the contemporary exoticization of Asian and Black female sexuality, women of color have served as the leading figures of White sexual fantasies.  In this context, when Jake Sees Neytiri (undeniably, a woman of color), how do we know that he isn’t just seeing a hypersexual body that he can use for his own pleasure?

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