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Barbara Walters doesn’t listen…

October 7, 2009

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S: Okay, yes Barbara Walters doesn’t listen.  But she’s old so what are you gonna do? But more importantly, one of the biggest lessons we’ve learned in psychology is that people will make up ALL KINDS of reasons for their behavior, even if they have no TRUE idea why they do what they do.  It’s not a secret that our standard of beauty is what is European, and that includes “manageable” hair.  I think a lot of White women have a hard time believing Black women who claim that it has nothing to do with “looking White” because to a certain extent….it is.  (I look forward to your comments about this.)  This whole thing reminds me of another clip.  Wow I didn’t think I would have to do this so early on in the blog…but I guess now is as good a time as any.  I…am…a…fan…of….Tyra.  There I said it!  Here’s the clip:

It’s hard to believe that what we do is not of our own will and our own (what seem to be precious) preferences.  But let’s just think of all those fads we were once a part of that we now look back on in shame.  Yeah…I thought so.

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K: hm. This is diverging a little from the initial topic, but watching the Tyra clip hit a slight nerve for me because I know so many Korean women/men who have had the double eyelid surgery (…including me but I swear mine was for medical purposes – heck, it was even covered by my insurance… I swear I’m not delusional!). Plastic surgery in South Korea seems to have become so common that the question now is, who hasn’t had the eyelid surgery? This seemingly subconscious desire to be more western or european isn’t limited to Koreans. Even in China and Taiwan, billboard and magazine ads typically feature white women. Even if it’s an asian brand!! Whereas having a nice golden tan is highly desired in the US, I was surprised to learn that asian women tend to do everything in their power to hide themselves from the sun so that their skin tone remains as pale as possible. How did this happen?

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