Tag: body shaming

The Definition of Appropriation

So I read this article by a black women who is “CALLING OUT THE BLACK CULTURE FOR APPROPRIATION WHITE FEATURES .”  Either The Curvy Girl Diva is a coon or she doesn’t have the slightest idea what Appropriation is.  Her point of view is informative as it illustrates how black women wear extensions, buy weaves, dye their hair blonde, change their eye colors and consume other products so that they can look more white.  But her argument is weak when she compares the purchasing power of black women to the multi-million dollar enterprises that are created from black culture.

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The Shaming and Admiration of The Body

I fell like I am in an episode of the twilight zone where I keep having this reoccurring dream over and over again and I can’t wake up.  Right now I cannot believe that we are still having a discussion about the image of the black women’s body especially when every nationality under the sun is attempting to create the curves that Serena Williams naturally posses.  And what’s more amazing is the fact that this discussion includes Serena Williams who is not only is the greatest tennis player of all time but may well become the greatest female athlete of all time.

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But if you know the history of this country, you will realize that the body image  relationship between black and white has been taking place for the past 200 years.  It started when Venus Hottentot landed on the shores of England and was shown-off as a freak on stage.  Because of her extra large buttocks (steatopygia), Venus was paraded as the opposite of what a ‘normal’ Caucasian female was.  She was ridiculed, despised, sexualized, and eventually imitated years later as European women begun wearing bustles to enhance their bottoms and corsets to make their waist smaller.

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The irony of this admiration is that while the accentuation of the backside, waist and breasts had become an idealized form of sexual identity, the depiction of the Hottentot tribe was presented as masculine and promiscuous.  Apparently, the physical types that represent the infinite diversity of the black female body is not appreciated when it’s born to a black women. Only white women who can emulate a black figure are appreciated.M0020265 A hunter offering a French gentleman three 'hottentot' women

But Serena Williams defies the logic of racism.  You cannot categorize her body as hyper-sexual.  You cannot put the stigma of inferiority upon her blackness.  You cannot classify her body type as being primitive. and you definitely can’t say that Serena Williams looks like a man.

Because This is what a Man looks like:

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AND THIS IS WHAT A GODDESS LOOKS LIKE.

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It’s time we move beyond an environment that makes it OK for a Man to transform himself into a women (Transgender) but ridicules a black women for being a Black Woman.

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SERENA WILLIAMS….THE DEFINITION OF A BLACK WOMAN

Pole Dance Fitness

Ever since I entered my first strip club in the mid-90s, I have always admired the athleticism and eroticism of adult entertainers. Of course, being sexually stimulated has always been a bigger priority even though the first stripper I ever saw, stage name, Lelonni did a stunt so amazing that twenty years later, I still remember every detail of her performance. It was part gymnastics, part yoga, it was pole dance fitness with very little energy spent of eroticism.  Just the fact that a half naked women was doing amazing stunts was good enough for me.

Over the years I have found myself far less interested in seeing women gyrate their bodies across the stage, and instead have become more attracted to seeing a graceful expression of the female body. I blame this on desensitization. Since the production of the film, Mind Booty and Soul, I’ve personally witnessed and filmed over 1000 models posing either naked or scantily clothed. So fantasying over a women’s body is not necessarily entertainment to me, sad to say, it’s become a job.

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