Chiraq: No Peace, No Pussy

When the black and brown women take the armory, they set themselves up in formation. It is as if they are preparing for warfare, but their goal is peace. The alternating wide angle and close-up shots of the unified ritual gives the perception that there are more women in the room than there are, giving them a sense of grandiosity in the viewers’ eyes. The women stand in a large room where every sound (slapping their butts, snapping) is heard loudly. This amplifies each move that they do, creating a loud booming sound. Form informs content in this instance because their bodies become the mechanism for sound and communication, and their bodies physically are what gives them power over the men and society at large, hence why their sexualization can be read as empowerment and reclamation. The women make themselves the subject, not the object.

 

-rebeccah18, graceanjela, ssy, mattbuon

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