How Colorism Affects Light Skinned Girls and Women

Some people mistakenly assume that colorism is an issue for dark skinned people, but it’s actually an issue for all people. The prevalence of that misconception is part of the reason colorism persists. In order for our communities to really heal from this issue, we must acknowledge the ways that colorism affects light skinned girls and women. Having a light skinned sister, it’s easy for me (and her) to see both sides of this issue and how no one goes untouched by colorism. For others, however, it may not be as clear. I single out females because color intersects with gender in ways that are more complex than one post… Read More

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The Epidemic of Skin Bleaching Around the World

Personal preferences. Individual lifestyle choices. Freedom… Those are some of the things people call upon to explain and justify their indifference about the things other people do. When we talk about something like skin bleaching around the world, they say it’s no different than pale people getting tans. Well, they’re right about that. Tanning and bleaching are very similar in that both can be deadly, especially for those who can’t afford vetted, high-quality bleaches. Of course most people survive these practices, but not without long-term damage to their skin and overall health. There’s also the literal cost of skin bleaching. People continue to exploit colorism and racism for profit. So, I… Read More

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Colorism in India Explored in the Documentary “Fair?”

Colorism in India is an example of how any place on the globe that was affected by European colonialism was infected with white supremacy, which is the foundation for colorism as it’s manifested throughout the world. Although it has been shown, in the Shadeism documentary for example, that some societies had a bias in favor of fair skin long before colonization, I have a feeling that ancient colonialism was the foundation for modern day colorism. And through the media, colonization continues in “sexier” forms of propaganda (Bollywood and Hollywood). One of the most disturbing truths that this film brings out is how so many people are willing to accept the status quo. Many people… Read More

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