Black women’s bodies have been subjected to hateful, vile scrutiny for centuries. Sarah Bartmaan was displayed naked on European stages as “proof” of the bestial sexuality of black women, while white women who began wearing bustles were seen as the epitome of femininity.
White women, like Kim Kardashian and Angela Jolie are praised when they alter their features into what is seen as stereotypically “black assets.” While black women at peak physical conditioning are defamed as “too fat and not proper representatives of America.” Serena had the grace to blow this hater off. I doubt what Caroline Wozniacki would have any of the grace that Ms. Williams displays if she received half the ridicule and scorn that she gets regularly.
At a recent exhibition match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 22-year-old Caroline Wozniack stuffed her tennis outfit with padding in what many are interpreting as an imitation of Serena Williams’ body, and “made many in the audience laugh as she swung her tennis racket while displaying her fake assets.”
Sometimes being a black woman can feel like a rock and hard place. No wonder African American women are one of the most religious groups in the country.
Racially misogynistic dyads that degrade black are prevalent in popular culture. Here are some examples:
If you are light, you are conceited & stuck up
If you are dark, you are homely
If you are poor, you are hood rat,
If you have an education & a good job, you too independent
If you are undereducated, you are welfare queen
If you have wear weaves, you are phony
If you are wear your hair natural, you are unprofessional
If you speak your mind, you are angry
If you are quiet, you are invisible
If you fat, you are lazy
If you are physically fit you are still fat.
The disparaging surveillance of black women’s bodies even when they are in top condition. World class athletes like Serena Williams and Olympians, Jessica Ennis and Louise Hazel, are the model of physical fitness, but are branded as “fat” and unfeminine. Read more at the URL below