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Clare Croft

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199377329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199377329.001.0001

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“Oh No! Not This Lesbian Again”

“Oh No! Not This Lesbian Again”

The Punany Poets Queer the Pimp-Ho Aesthetic

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Queer Dance

Raquel L. Monroe

Oxford University Press

Propelled into black popular culture by their appearance on HBOs Real Sex 24 in 2000, Jessica Holter’s Punany Poets have been touring and performing erotic performance poetry, song and dance to bolster black female sexual agency for over twenty-five years. This critical performance analysis of “Cucumber Cu Cum Her,” a duet between veteran lesbian spoken word artist Lucky Seven and erotic dancer Punany’s Pearl reveals how their erotic condom demonstration literally and discursively propels lesbian sexuality and fantasy into commercial hip-hop’s hyper-masculinist sphere. The duet queer the reviled pimp-ho aesthetic to reimagine rapper-turned-movie star Ice Cube’s 1991 hit “Look Who’s Burnin.’ ” The erotic dancer’s body creates space for women to pleasurably explore their gender identities and sexual fantasies. As a skilled laborer Punany’s Pearl imbues the heretofore-imagined disempowered, objectified, erotic dancer with agency and challenges black respectability politics.

Keywords:   Punany Poets, erotic dancer, hip-hop, Ice Cube, pimp-ho

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