For white women, the emergence of sexualized images reads as a cultural backlash against their expanding political, social, and economic opportunities. MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and the Real Housewives series are not accurate portrayals of white women’s lived experiences, and evidence shows that media-based sexual objectification has measurable deleterious effects on girls and women. But the implications of sexual images for black American women are different. Although sexism affects all women, black women’s relative economic and political weakness makes them more vulnerable to state intervention. The sexualized myths of black women have conspired to narrow the political and social world for sisters.
Day of Silence works ok for cissexual gays and lesbians who are otherwise very well-represented. Not so much for bi and trans people. When society already silences you, silencing yourself doesn’t do anything but cooperate.