"Precious" as black - or as a black woman?

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I confess I haven't seen the movie "Precious," but I stumbled across this NY Times Op-Ed today that seemed eerily relevant to this week's readings about intersectional identities (particularly the intersection of race and gender). The author, Ishmael Reed, makes a very powerful critique of the movie along race lines, but does not really address the specificities of black female identity. Since I haven't seen the movie, I can't speak specifically to what is missing from his analysis, but it seemed to me like an interesting - and culturally immediate - example of single-axis identification in action.


For those who have seen the movie, what do you think an intersectional focus would add?

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