Color Complexes Among Cultures


Which is considered better to be lighter or darker?

In the Asian culture the men look women who are darker as though they are inferior, but look at the whiter ones as they are higher class. In Asian culture Pale skin was linked to high social status and wealth, as it was taken to be a sign that the person didn’t have to work the fields. They could afford to pay others to do it for them. Pale skin has been a beauty standard for Asians since the dawn of their civilization before whites even came into contact with them. In Indian culture if you are of a darker completion you are either servants or possibly slaves.

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My most shocking discovery was that the magazine vogue India only have lighter skinned models. People from higher classes were lighter from that lower class because he didn’t do a lot of manual labor. The British have always had high regard for their skin color. Have you ever heard the phrase “English rose” it’s used to describe a girl with a lovely pale complexion? In the Victorian era pale skin was a sign of wealth and aristocracy and women would go to great lengths to make their skin look as white as possible. Throughout history and in many parts of the world a porcelain-pale complexion was considered most attractive. Who can forget the mysterious Geisha of Japan?

In the African American culture we face many challenges with complexion our race was enslaved for 200 years because we were so dark. Throughout history we went from being feeling lower class to having much pride in our complexion. Think of the song by James Brown “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud”. However in the 21st century blacks have become very intent on light skin vs dark skin like it’s not one unified color. Being African American means that if only 12% of black is in you. You are a part of the African American persuasion so why do many act otherwise.

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What makes being white so pure and dark so wrong? You can be of a lighter complexion and be a felon or darker and be a successful entrepreneur.  So at some point in time in our lives we will have to stop subjecting ourselves to the stereotypes the world forces on us and plays in our unconscious.

 

Dr. O

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