The suggestion that black women aren't pretty strikes me as odd, especially coming from a culture where women go through lengths to make their skin tanner, their butts larger and their lips fuller. I learned as an adult and in my college life that being black often made me desirable as an exotic sexual being.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” “Beauty isn’t everything.” These phrases
You Don't Have to Know the Road Map Forget Safety Forget fear. We all have it. Forget safety. That's why we have this thing
To me, however, from the next generation, it seemed so sad that how appearances and their struggles with authority plagued them so much. Their high school years just seemed to be extended into their college years.
"I’m in it to expand our view of blackness.”
If I wear makeup, if I wear anything that shows skin, if I wear leggings -- or God forbid, if I wear a bikini -- I always get the most opinionated stares from people assuming I'm looking for my next customer to pick up.
My mother told me I was pretty all my life because she never would have thought otherwise. She didn't insist I was pretty because she was obsessed with looks. She insisted because I was her daughter.
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Before the age of 14, I was offered cunnilingus from strangers, followed for blocks and called every form of "slut" one can imagine.
My default mode is to see and focus on my flaws and imperfections. I'm starting to see a bit more.