I won't be black!" The problems Maureen Peal and Peola Johnsson share are as serious as the ones the young blck girls have in the bluest yes. According to Sandy Flitterman-Lewis: In each film's representation of the transgressive woman-the black daughter who looks white, and who, because of the contradiction between being and seeming which defines her, can fit comfortably into neither culture-there is a correspondence between feminine sexuality and alterity which results in a sexualization of the radical 'otherness' of the black woman. (44) This is instrumental to the development of Pecola’s charater. This is also instrumental to the fate she meets in the end.
In Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, the character Claudia struggles with a beauty standard that harms her sense of self-esteem. Claudia tries to make sense of why the beauty standard does not include black girls. The beauty standard determines that blonde-haired blue-eyed white girls are the image of beauty and therefore they are worthy of not only attention, but are considered valuable to American culture of the 1940s. Thus, learning she has no value or beauty as a black girl, Claudia destroys her white doll in an attempt to understand why white girls are beautiful and subsequently worthy, socially superior members of society. In destroying the doll, Claudia attempts to destroy the beauty standard that works to make her feel socially inferior and ugly because of her skin color.
Over time, the essence of black beauty has disappeared. Many black women claim that natural hair is nappy, or feels like steel wool; it is horrible to handle and enough time or money is not there to maintain it. Black women try to define their beauty which includes hair, skin and color, by Caucasian standards of what beauty is. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award winning author of “Half of a Yellow Sun,” opposed this view when she was interviewed by The Observer, that Linda Ikeji; a blogger adressed, to give a description of her hair. This was her response: That is the best question!
Rebuttal of Bell Hooks’ Article, Straightening My Hair The article Straightening My Hair by Bell Hooks makes her argument of finding the reason of why African American women straighten their hair. She first states that Black Americans straighten their hair because it is the stage of transformation; it closes the door of innocence and opens the door to adulthood. Slowly, she starts changing her views. She comes up with the statement that African Americans do not straighten their hair for reasonable reasons, but to imitate the characteristics of white women. She informs that black people repeat this process because they have low self-acceptance of their roots and background, and that they have lost beauty in themselves.
Racial stereotypes of beauty contrived and nourished by the mass media contribute to the status at which young African American girls find themselves early on and throughout their lives. While the ideal of beauty is mass marketed the damage it does to society is devastating. By idealizing and pronouncing only one absolute standard of the "blonde and blue-eyed" as beautiful and good, it fosters the opposite and negative belief that young black girls would be defined as the opposite. For a young girl internalizing this it would be defined as the opposite. For a young girl internalizing this it would certainly develop a negative sense of self and worth.
She did not ask to be born ugly and black she just was. All she ever wanted was to be happy. Happy like all the pretty blue eyes white girls. Society has shaped beauty to be blue eyes and white and because Pecola cannot achieve this it leads her to a life of insanity. It is only through insanity that she can continue living because without it she will have to face the fact that her dream will never come true.
Bertram D. Ashe (1995) discusses the black women’s role in beauty in Toni Morrison’s “Song of Soloman” and Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God”. At the most climactic part in Song of Soloman, the black woman who has natural kinky hair asks her mother and grandmother why her love interests, who is an African American man, doesn’t like her hair. The response was another question on how he can like himself if he doesn’t like her hair. This is a common retort used to combat the negative implications made by African American men. First, the most important women in their life have hair similar to other African American women.
She creates an ideology about how black girls face barriers that undermine their well-being. They are completely ignored by national initiatives, unlike white females who have an upper hand because of power and privilege, simply because of their whiteness. In America, people of power should help young girls of color, overcome discrimination and sexism against them through the use of national initiatives. They need to focus more or equally on initiatives for girls of color rather than just for boys or global programs like ‘Let Girls
African american women that are in the music industry, are really influential in today 's society. Woman like Nicki Minaj is praised for having slim hips and a fake big butt, but she was not born with these assets.The features that she is known best for, was done during plastic surgeries before becoming the infamous “Nicki Minaj”. Once before Nicki has spoken about the racist double standard that black women face. In an interview with Marie Claire, she quoted,”When Kim Kardashian 's naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite," at the time, Osbourne tweeted out her own nude selfie, writing that she was "inspired... ... middle of paper ... ...o the public. If Lil Kim would get on stage with her color wigs and two piece set on, the crowd is screaming and asking for more.