Miley, what’s good? Nicki minaj’s anaconda, instagram reproductions, and viral memetic violence

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Images on popular social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter that are the most entertaining are loaded with memetic power because their value is based on cultural attitudes that already constitute our lives in the everyday. Focusing on memes appropriating the artwork from Nicki Minaj’s single, Anaconda, I explore how popular memetic culture is fueled by Black women’s creativity yet positions Black women’s bodies as the fodder for potent viral images on social media platforms and in everyday experiences; Black girlhoods, at this level of representation and in lived experiences, are rarely awarded the distinction from womanhood that many other girlhoods enjoy. Thus, Black feminist discourses of desire which speak to both girlhoods and womanhoods inform my argument that social media has become a site of reproduction and consumption—a technological auction block where Black women’s bodies, aesthetics, and experiences are vilified for viral enjoyment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
JournalGirlhood Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2018

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  • Appropriation
  • Black women
  • Consumption
  • Popular culture
  • Social media
  • Symbolic power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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