During a scene in Oprah’s show, a young woman who herself is light skin explained why she didn’t understand the discrimination that has divided a race based on the preferences of skin tones. Everyone who had light skin did not consider themselves to be any better or smarter than any other African American woman. Privilege was not always the mindset and she took the time to help woman of darker skin tones understand exactly what she meant. She stated, “I’ve seen first-hand how some of my darker-skinned family members are treated, but I too struggle with discrimination. Being a light-skinned girl, you get called names.
Currently, in the African American community, the enemy no longer lies in the Caucasian community but from within the trenches of the African American conscious. Music videos and song content only feature lighter-skinned women. The features of the “mixed girls” are exploited and the darker shaded women struggle to gain visibility. Recently Pharrell Williams released an album that featured one medium brown woman out of dozens of Caucasian, Latina, and other mulatto women and the media erupted with disapproving comments. The movie Dark Girls surfaced to shed light into the troubles of the darker women and deeply rooted tension between the different shades of women in the African American community.
She saw white skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes as beauty. Her obsession to white became a mental problem. White meant cleanliness, beauty, and happiness. On the other hand, black is ugly. Children in the neighborhood called Pecola, “Black e mo”, which was an insult on her skin.
This mostly affects the younger women because society shows prejudice amongst those of darker skin. During the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960’s, it seemed as if the importance of color had faded into the background because light skinned blacks came together with the darker skinned leaders to create a new social order. Below the surface there were suggestions of colorism. In the 1960’s the phrase “Black is Beautiful” was coined. With this some dark leaders questioned the loyalty of the light skinned black radicals; they believed that they had too long from color privilege to understand oppression (Hall, 1992, pg36).
In an episode of "The Tyra Banks Show", a Black girl as young as 6 talks about how she doesn't like her hair and wishes that it was long and straight like a white woman's. Some minorities get surgery to change their facial features, or only date white men. Having been taught to think that white people are more attractive than people of their own ethnicity. In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the character of Pecola exemplifies the inferiority felt throughout the black community due to the ideology that white qualities propel you in social status. Pecola’s mother, Pauline Breedlove, said it best when she was introduced to beauty it being the most destructive ideas in the history of human though.
In Toni Morrison’s, The Bluest Eye, she explains how internalized racism can damage a not only a whole community, but the entire youth of young African American girls. Claudia says, “Adults, older girls, shops, magazines, newspapers, window signs – all the world had agreed that a blue-eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned doll was what every girl child treasured” (30). This quote shows how insecure the young girls are. They had a view that a “perfect” girl was white, and they were deemed ugly. They didn’t see that maybe to some people, that was not what the perfect person was.
It cannot be denied that advertisement consist of negative scenes that shape females identity. Nevertheless, majority of individuals in modern societies deem that, such advertisements can caused so many harmful effects to women gender identity, such as low self-esteem. Also, it can cause depression to the women advertising due to the lack of confidence. Whereas, minority of people believes that, it is all about the women own decision whether to be exposed in such kinds of images or not. As well, it may benefit both parties, women who advertise and the advertising companies organizing them.
Girls and women who are sexually active are shamed of it because of the sexual double standard presented in our society. 3. Slut bashing can impact a girl in a positive or negative way; it strengthens some girls by giving them a sense of perspective while others crumble and become self-destructive. 4. The distinction between girls and women is not whether they are smart or interesting; it is whether one is a ‘good’ girl or a ‘bad’ girl.
In Hey Girl, Am I More Than My Hair? : African American Women and Their Struggles with Beauty, Body Image, and Hair Tracey Owen Patton provides a historical review on the emergence of black stereotypes, elaborating on how black women earned the status of inferiority. Black women are held to the Eurocentric expectations, causing these adverse perceptions to evolve from the created principle that white women are the only defining archetypes of beauty (Patton 26). The societal practice of comparing black women to white women sheds a negative light on the black female community, leading to the manife... ... middle of paper ... ...ale’s image is still being felt today, which can be clearly seen through the comment on my acquaintance. I am grateful for artists like Maya Angelou and Kara Walker for protesting the perceptions of black females and working to transform them.
On top of that, most African-Americans in that time period had very difficult lives. People who attended First Purchase were required to pitch in and raise money for Helen Robinson, because she was u... ... middle of paper ... ...act that black men are not always guilty. The racism in Maycomb prevents proper justice from being served, resulting in terribly unfair verdicts. As Scout grew up in Maycomb, she learned about the people who live in Maycomb. By being exposed to events with explicit discrimination, judgment, and racism, Scout has become aware of the negative aspects of Maycomb residents.