All around the world, the brown girls are discriminated against based on the color. Preferential treatment of lighter skin hues over darker hues occurs within racial and ethnic groups as well as between them. The practice of inequity, colorism (Pigmentocrcy or shadeism) privileges lighter-skinned women and men over their dark-skinned counterparts. This results in the skin lightening epidemic, self-hatred, low self esteem and exposes how the media lifts the Caucasian woman since the beginning of white supremacy have been praised to elevated heights as the universal standard of beauty. Women around the world have been bombarded with so many different requirements of attractiveness. To be thin, but healthy; to have a flat stomach, but have ample breasts and a bigger rear end. And sorrowfully, in order to achieve the standard of perfection these women have increasingly been turning to plastic surgery, cosmetics, eating disorders, and self mutation to fit this beauty standard the beguiling attraction of it and social imperatives that surround it. The quandary of a woman who does not possess any kind of beauty. This world is superficial where your validation is men drooling at you while walking down the street. What about the woman that nobody sees you know the one that is ignored by men? Society places so much pressure to be attractive and the procedures in which women pull out all the stops to modify their appearance by any means necessary. This society will train you in your way to think a particular beauty standard even upon deeper reflection it will be imposed through universal thinking what our perceptions of beauty should be, its trains your mind directly or indirectly, through the power of subjection and propaganda their way of seeing and of appreciating beauty - The Beauty Ideal - embedded into our brains every second of the day through television, commercials, and the media. For a female - being beautiful is more desired than intelligence, 90% of people polled agreed on the website - www.theperfecthumanface.com - Women are the archetypes of beauty around the world, they are more likely to be judged solely on their aesthetic beauty which makes them more susceptible to judgment good or bad on their beauty alone. Men, however, are judge on appearance but more so through other measures like their status and wealth. Since “Dark Skin” is highly criticized these are some of the stereotypes and fallacies associated with melanin-carbon enriched dark skin:
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Dark Skinned women are ashy... They are ugly... They are lazy ... They are on welfare... They look like monkeys... They are the ugliest woman in the world... They will never get married... They all wear weave... They are evil... Everyone hates them... They don’t get good jobs... They will always be poor... They hair is so nappy... Recipient of Pretty for a dark girl syndrome... Perceived as being envious of all light skinned women... Discriminated against because of skin color... Automatically perceived as being a bad person... Judged primarily on skin color and hair texture...
My Q & A with Roderick Israel, a dark skinned Investment Banker
Q: Do dark skin men experience the same colorism as dark skinned women?
Roderick: Not exactly but in the business world we really have to prove ourselves.
Q: How do date dark skinned women?
Roderick: Yes exclusively. You are drop dead gorgeous but I love my dark skinned sisters.
Q: What advice would you give to a dark skinned woman facing colorism?
Roderick: That things will not change for her until she gets into the truth and surrenders all to Christ. Like I told my daughter, the world will never accept her, she must accept herself.
Elvira “Cookie“, a dark skinned fashion blogger/consultant from Panama.
Q. What is the best compliment you have received on your skin color?
Cookie: Your beautiful for a dark skinned girl!
Q: How did that make you feel?
Cookie: Actually I wanted to slap the guy that said it he was so ignorant to my feelings. He was saying that dark skin women were not attractive.
Q: What has been your experience as a dark skinned female?
Cookie: Not good.
Q: Tell me about your experiences.
Cookie: for starters I was picked on a lot as you know, I was looked over for modeling jobs. I was called ugly, darkie, smut dog, burnt wood and being from panama didn’t help they are just as color struck as being blacks in America. None of the guys wanted me they always looked at you, I felt left out but you always made me feel good about myself. The guys really were the worst.
Q: Some black men can be so ignorant.
Cookie: They always gave more attention to the light skinned women like you, even if they are not as beautiful as you. That is one thing I couldn’t understand even if a woman is light but ugly they still preferred her. That is why I dated and married a white man, he treats me like a queen. Q: It is really the facial features that make someone pretty not the skin color. Those guys have brought into a lie that was set into motion long before we existed.
Cookie: You are so right but it doesn’t take away the pain of not being excepted by your own race.
Q: How did your mother help you deal with it?
Cookie: She didn’t at first, she told me I would never be a symbol of beauty because I was dark. Now she tells me that I am an excellent role model for dark women. Enough about me so - we are talking about me but how about you being light skinned? What is your biggest problem with being light skinned?
Q: I will cover that in the light skinned privilege section.
Cookie: That is good to know.
Q: Do you think that light skinned women issues are more damaging then a dark skin women issues?
Cookie: No, I think dark skinned women have it worse.
Q: So what advice would you give to other dark skinned girls/women?
Cookie: To be comfortable in your black skin. Your black skin will never change. So love it.