The psychological effects of being black: How black women take
dangerous steps through skin beaching to seek illusive "White" beauty
Monday, 26 August 2013
"White women are more beautiful than black women!" This not the view of
white women's, it is the perception carry around by black women and
they are doing the most dangerous things to change the colour of their
It is true that most wealthy black men, in the western economies, in
most cases, would chose a white woman to settle with as a lifetime
partner. This happens despite the fact that their black skin women,
mostly of the African ethnicity (black women) or Asian extraction are
besides them watching.
Image: Skin Bleaching from dark to whites
This is not only in choosing that wealthy husband, but also studies
have shown that beautiful people are usually chosen for a jobs or
promotion, acting careers, etc., than the less beautiful
ones, but no study has yet shown that a black woman in her
natural black skin has been found not beautiful. This however, is not
satisfactory to the black woman who feels that her dark skin is
reflective of her lack of beauty.
For this reason, black skinned women are indulging in dangerous acts in
which they use various untested and unproven chemicals to change their
skin colour otherwise known as skin bleaching. Their ideal beauty or
their illusive imaginary beauty lies in the "whiteness of the skin."
As said several times in the past, critical voices against this
new beauty trend, which is increasingly taken, by a growing number of
women of colour around the world to lighten their skin seeking to
improve their beauty believed to be is shaded by the blackness of their
skin is getting louder.
Image: The sector becomes lucrative and so dangerous products come into the market
One of those is Mariam Osman Sherifay, a Swedish Social Democrat
politician, of Egyptian decent. She is also, social activist,
pre-school teacher, and former Member of Parliament and is very
concerned about the trend in which dark skin women feel that their
ideal beauty lies in the whiteness of their skins or when they look
like white women. She is also concerned about the various skin defects
that come along with the attempts their attempts to bleach their skins.
According the World Health Organisation, in Nigeria for example, 77
percent of women use skin lightening agents, something dermatologist
argues is dangerous for their health. In addition, black activists,
scholars and black psychologist believe that the illusive beauty black
women are chasing is not hidden by the blackness of their skin colour
but their attitudes.
Simple questions are asked, have the black woman the types of
attributes that make them receptive, supportive to their men, gentler
or less aggressive, focus on making their men successful rather than
repelling them from homes (large number of black African women are
single parents), less materialistic etc..
Speaking to Swedish television, one woman from Kenya who has used the
chemicals for 3 years said that "I think white women are more
beautiful, I do not want to be black. When I was little, I used to
admire white people. I'll become more confident if I could become
This tendency to rub the whole body sometimes two- three times a
day with a cream, soaps, pills and syringes, to get the skin to
become paler has lead to the explosion of a booming industry.
According the World Health Organization, 77 percent of women in
Nigeria use skin lightening agents of any kind. In India, over 60
percent of skin care products on the market are used to improve the
skin colour. As the sector becomes lucrative, many skin-lightening
products are now coming from the dark side of the market. These illegal
products in most cases contain high levels of mercury solutions that
have a bleaching effect. That is thus dangerous.
Some tough critics of this phenomenon hold that the black ancestors had
no need to change their skin colour and that the ideal came after
colonization and the brainwash that came during neo- colonisation.
However, white people did not select their friends, girl friends, or
wives from light-skinned women. So where did this perception come
One argument is that black women want to try to emulate the white
ideals, something some people described as that black women lack
confidence in themselves and ideas on how they could make themselves
appealing. They have failed in examining their attitudes and their
roles as the softer and nurturing side of humanity. Therefore, for them
to remain appealing, attitudes count more than skin colour change.
Image/Effects of skin bleaching - bleaching has dangerous effects
The health effects of Skin bleaching among others is that it can cause
hyper pigmentation erosions, scarring, fungal and bacterial infections
of the skin, but also permanent damage to the liver and kidneys.
The World Health Organization reports on recurrence and long-term
damage after usage of skin bleaching products, such as depression and
The creams used contain dangerous substances such as hydroquinone,
which is used for example, in photo processing fluids and paints, and
mercury salts, that are dangerous to particular internal organs.
The EU banned hydroquinone in cosmetic products in 2001 and bleaches are banned in many African and Asian countries.
by Scancomark.com Team