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Walking RaddyThe Baby Dolls of New Orleans$
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Kim Vaz-Deville

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817396

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817396.001.0001

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Operationalizing “Baby” for Our Good

Operationalizing “Baby” for Our Good

A Critical Cultural Commentary on Early Twentieth-Century Songs about Women as Baby and Baby Doll

(p.75) Operationalizing “Baby” for Our Good
Walking Raddy

Melanie Bratcher

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores lyrics from early twentieth century songs about women as Baby, Doll, and Baby Doll; and locates links between survival aesthetics and social controls. Evidence is presented that describes African cultural inheritance and its appropriation as part of sexism and stereotyping. Liberatory practices by Black women are also identified and levied against overwhelming economic and social oppression. While implicit, a call to reconcile inter and intra-racial sexism is made. Critical cultural commentary provides contours for relating continental African female iconography to African American ideas of tangible and intangible beauty.

Keywords:   Lyrics, Sexism, African, Culture, Women

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