Black features are beautiful. Black women are not.

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Black features are beautiful. Black women are not. White women are paragons of virtue and desire. Black women are objects of fetishism and brutality.

This, at least, seems to be the mentality surrounding black femininity and beauty in a society built upon eurocentric beauty standards. While white women are praised for altering their bodies, plumping their lips, and tanning their skin, black women are shamed although the same features exist on them naturally.

This double standard is one string in the netting that surrounds black female sexuality — a web that entraps black women when they claim sexual agency. Deeply ingrained into culture is the notion that black female bodies, at the intersect of oppression, are less than human and therefore unattractive.

illustration: Markus Prime
reblogged from fighting misogynoir
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12 comments

  1. swo8 · April 1, 2016

    We are all different a “vive la difference”. The world would be so boring if we were all the same.
    Leslie

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    • kelley · April 1, 2016

      But how would we know if that’s all we knew?

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      • swo8 · April 1, 2016

        But you know now.
        Leslie

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        • kelley · April 1, 2016

          I don’t know if future generations will be so diverse. But then again, we won’t be around to find out, eh.

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          • swo8 · April 1, 2016

            It would be interesting to know, but as you say we won’t be here to see it.
            Leslie

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  2. Kushite Prince · April 1, 2016

    “This, at least, seems to be the mentality surrounding black femininity and beauty in a society built upon eurocentric beauty standards. While white women are praised for altering their bodies, plumping their lips, and tanning their skin, black women are shamed although the same features exist on them naturally.:
    Very true words. Even if it’s coming from you…know who.lol But that aside..her words still ring true. I’ll give her that much.

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    • kelley · April 1, 2016

      hehe you KNOW I thought of you before I posted this and here you are! I understand she was badmouthed for taking the role in Hunger Games because fans were expecting a white girl I guess? So I believe she understands the struggle, in Hollywood at least.

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  3. TheOriginalBlackWoman13 · April 2, 2016

    Lol, I forgot about this post cause I reblogged so many, but what she said couldn’t be any more true especially now. Thanks for the reblog!

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  4. nosyjosie · April 5, 2016

    I was just discussing this with someone. America has always rejected the person but has no problem stealing their culture and resources. Black women are objectified and our own men struggle to acknowledge our worth. Its so disappointing.

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    • kelley · April 5, 2016

      Very. Our own men AND women blindly allow and perpetuate the objectivity!

      Thanks much for the feedback.

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