Monday, February 26, 2007

A really interesting video about black women and ideas of beauty

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! I thought this was a very powerful film. My heart goes out to the children who are being taught that their natural appearance is not acceptable. I am old enough to remember the "Black is Beautiful" era of the 1960's and '70's and I have often wondered what happened to that theme, the feeling that we all need to celebrate and own who we truly are and live our lives as examples to those who come behind us. It seems that it may be part of human nature that at some point one is dissatisfied with oneself... that we wish to be, or to be like someone else. The straight haired girl wishes she had curly hair, the redhead wishes she were blond, the skinny guy dreams of a muscular physique. Some of us, with age and maturity, learn to make the most of who we really are. Bleaching creams, hair relaxers, what are these chemicles doing to the bodies of those who are using them? What does it do to the psyche to think or be taught that we are not acceptable in our true state? For the record, I think that "fashion magazines" are poisonous tools used by the chemical industry to infect our subconscious with the notion that they hold up some kind of high ideal that we should aspire to when in reality it is only for their profit and our ultimate unhappiness with ourselves if we follow what they teach. Their kind of "beauty" does not last. Dream freely. Envision excellence. Be inspired. Inspire others. Take pride in you. Recognize inner beauty. Draw on inner strength. Invoke positives. Live fully. Aim high. Expect the best. Be the best. Believe in yourself.

Your friend in America,

Jane B.