visibility of an oppressed group is not inherently a “privilege.” visibility can mean hypersexualization, objectification, commodification, stereotyping, abuse, violence. a group being more “visible” does not mean that it has an advantage or any kind of oppressive power whatsoever over a less visible or “invisible” group. using statistics of representation in media as evidence of relative privilege and disprivilege within marginalized groups is pointless and reductive.

and thank you to the Black women theorists whose work on hypervisibility has helped me to reach this understanding