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|Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 08:43 pm: ||
Hey, I'm a newbie.
I'm a 21 yr old, African American female.
I just wanted to start a discussion about the portrayal of Black women (not mixed) in mainstream media.
Lately, I've taken notice that the dark complected Black women, who are not mixed with any obvious admixtures are only given recognition in society (in Black Hollywood) when they possess a certain physical attribute that turn men on sexual i.e. a BIG A$$, huge BUTT.
In most cases these women have to have a butt that is unusually large--which favors my opinion that darkskin women have to posses a certain attribute that is particularly special in order for them to get noticed--unlike lightskin women who are not restricted to this type of prejudice. They can be on any spectrum of beauty-and receive much admiration.
One example of the is Serena Williams. Back when she was rocking the french braids, and strictly playing tennis most black men saw her as the 'other ugly sister with the french braids'. But alas, the minute she changed her image up, and started to wear tight-fitted clothes, and revealed her amazingly big butt--she was now worthy of Black men's attention. I don't doubt for a second that if it wasn't for her butt, she would not catch most Black men's attention.
Another example is Buffy the Body. Who is basically a "piece of a$$" to Black men. Not only do they not really include her face in many of her layouts, but men do not even discuss anything about her except for her a$$. I had no idea what she looked like, because the Black guys simply referred to her as the girl with the big 'ga dunk a dunk'.
Lastly, there is the chick from the Outkast video. Her name is Esther. She was before Buffy the Body, and was the 'it' girl b/c she had a thick, muscular thighs, and a big bottom. Again, she is pretty much like Buffy the Body.
So Black women can be the object of Black men's affection but only as a piece of a$$ and nothing else. Especially Buffy the Body who basically HAS NO NAME--or rather men couldn't care less that she does. So right there, they'd rather detach her a$$ from her body, and take it out on a date.
Anyone else notice this?
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|Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 09:23 pm: ||
I completely feel what you're saying and notice the same thing.
this is off topic but i also wonder why the ther only black feature that's accepted in the black community is the black womans rull, round behind. We don't value our dark skin, and thick lips but no matter how much whites tried to tell us our butts were too big, we they were never able to force us to surcome to this type of thinking.