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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13 thoughts on “Black features are beautiful. Black women are not.

  1. “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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    1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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