Essay On Heterosexual Femininity

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Denying who they really are to be socially acceptable?
Heterosexual femininity is clearly racialised and portrayed differently for different targeted audience. Sanger’s (2009) article discusses the ways in which these constructions of heterosexual femininities are racialised, mainly through advertisements, in three different magazines, namely, Fair lady, Femina and True love. In his article, Sangers makes use of the term ‘hypersexuality’ to refer to black female sexuality as well as white female sexuality. Magazines have much influence on a person’s socialisation, whereby we learn how we are expected to behave . We will thus see the ways in which white and black femininity is portrayed in those magazines as well as the difference between the two types of femininity.
While True love represents their models and celebrities as black African, Fair lady represents white models and celebrities. Despite the fact that the criteria of the women in both magazines are
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