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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15 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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  4. i’m a black man. My mother is extremely positive and awesome. I learned to love and protect black women from the love she gave me. She made me everything I am today. HOWEVER, there is a point at which she can complainnnnn!!!!!!! about things she does not have to complain about. And I understand it’s just part of the human experience for some women to get into an orgy of complaining.

    BLACK LADIES!!! I love you. You are the most beautiful thing walking whether you are dark skinned or lighter. I love you all. But please understand something. You are the most beautiful thing walking why in the world are you letting things people say affect you??? how does that work?

    I wrote this poem for you all.

    Can anyone say to the sun – you ain’t shining?
    Can anyone say to the ocean – you ain’t true & blue?
    Can anyone say to trees – you ain’t producing the oxygen for life?
    Can anyone say to the flowers, you are not the most beautiful sight.

    My beautiful black warrior queens, do likewise and ignore them all.
    You are bright – as bright as the sun.
    You are beautiful – as beautiful as the ocean.
    You are the life givers of our community
    like the light of the sun,
    like the oxygen from the trees.
    Like the water from the seas,

    black woman, please believe it when I say.
    You are life. you are beautiful
    We love you black ladies.
    From the real black men of the Diaspora

    Jason Lovely MD – February 22, 2018
    a graduate of Howard University college of medicine.
    look for the black family united movement coming very soon.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting with this lovely poem, Jason!
      In the context of this post, I feel that Amandla is stating more of an observation than a complaint. Sometimes people need comparisons or examples to understand what we’re living. My reason for sharing this is merely using my platform to give us a voice to express ourselves without restrictions. We deserve as many spaces as we can get to unload + be heard. Felt. Understood.

      On the other hand, I understand your point of view. We can only do so much finger pointing before we take back our power and stop answering to names we weren’t given.

      Thanks again for taking the time to comment.

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