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Chapter 3 shows how Black girls negotiate and play with the (hyper)visible aspect of the hyper(in)visibility paradox. Indeed, some Black girls embrace hypervisibility instead of shying away from its potential consequences. This chapter identifies three specific, though certainly not exhaustive, genres of hypervisiblity in Black girls’ online images: ratchet performativity, sexualization, and flexin. It argues that this deliberate act of making oneself hypervisible operates as a form of refusal through which Black girls reject responsibility for an anti-Black image regime that tries to strip them of their expressive agency. Black girls’ use of hypervisibility is a tool of Black girl autopoetics, commanding space for disruptive imagery and creating a sense of urgency around taking Black girls’ subjective expressions seriously.

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