Monday, August 7, 2006

A Girl Like Me

I saw this video a few weeks ago. It's on point simply because these are issues that modern black females from old to young still stuggle with. However, it is so damn sad to see our young girls still fighting these issues.

It also echos a couple of my previous posts about the negative stereotypes and images we have to fight against and about the Eurocentric beauty standard that perpetuates the worldwide media.

I'll keep my comments short as those two posts more than sum up what I think.

Now you can check it out from a youthful perspective: A Girl Like Me

Here it is on now:

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  1. Im must be one of those that is caught in the media filled world that showes any color but black as right. Most blacks women aren't attractive to me. Those that are are very unique because of there intelligence, cultural diversity (thru travels) and physically wonderous. I find myself, trying to instill in my three daughter that they can accomplish what they so chose. And yet, I dont find women of their skin color attractive. This story really checked me. And I have to find the reality. One thing for sure.. is that I loath blacks of all shades, that forget that we are a culture in American and the world. All actions taken by our culture are subject to represent our culture.

    I strive to show others where I travel that Black Americans are no less than the American dream. And that we are a caring and thoughtful culture that's trying to live in peace throughout life.

    Wonderful topic...

  2. Well, I'm glad that it stuck a chord with you because I think we, as black women, are physically gorgeous. I've also met a lot of people of all colors who agree. I know all of my exes have ;-)

    Granted, there is such a thing as personal taste and while some might prefer Latin looks, Asian looks or Caucasian looks, there are many that believe that black women are the crème de la crème of beauty.

    As I've grown up with all types, so I see beauty in all races. I don't think that every black woman is physically beautiful. However, I also don't think that every white or Asian woman I see is physically beautiful either.

    I do think that if you’re black and you don’t see beauty in your own race then, yes, some self-introspection is needed. I would say the same of an Asian who saw no beauty in his or her brethren as well as a white person who saw no beauty in their people.

    Thanks for your comment. Keep reading and thinking.

  3. I wanted to read those other posts you reference but the links don't work.

  4. Thanks for your comment and letting me know that the links got messed up.

    However, I was just crossreferencing two blogs I wrote earlier: "I Got a Woman" - Black Women and Negative Stereotypes and Euro-centrism and Beauty...What's Too Much?

    I linked them all on the sidebar because the archiving system in Blogger (and blogs in general is chronological.) I also have a search system on the side where you can search within my blog. It works quite well as I've searched for past posts that way and find them quickly.

    Anyway, I went back to corrected the dead links, so try it again and it should link right to those previous blogs.

    Thanks so much for reading what I have to say on this issue.

  5. I think beauty is personal taste when you are talking about the physical. One thing that I do believe is that all black people are beautiful. I just happened upon your blog by searching for pictures for my blog. I saw the videos and it is sad. I wish we all really knew how beautiful we really are.

  6. I get what you're saying, but this isn't about subjective tastes. This isn't about thinking redheads are sexier than brunettes.

    It's about how blacks, and especially, black women have been victimized by colorism which has been part of the black American experience since slavery. I know it's in other sectors of the black disapora too, but I can only comment on what I know. We all know the lighter slaves got to work in house.

    The thing is not all of us are affected by it. My mother, thank God, didn't have those issues and didn't pass them to me. She frequently told me I was pretty. I think in a society where blacks are still very much second-class raising a confident child is crucial.

    I'm glad she did this video because people need to be made aware of how deeply this can affect a girl.


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