Research Examines the Cost of When Black Girls Twerk

Professor Kyra Gaunt and her students at Baruch College collected data on twerking videos Black girls upload to YouTube to examine who participates and who profits.

She explains:

The ethnographic study of black girls who twerk on YouTube has powerful message to tell us about YouTube's media ecology esp. as it related to rap music videos and the sexualization of teens today. Girls are not the only ones who need to learn to be responsible for their self-presentation online and for the content we upload and broadcast of ourselves. Other people can exploit it for ad revenue and other social capital and currency.

Watch the introduction to their research below:

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