There are a lot of misconceptions about black women and some of them are myths that even black women themselves have bought into. Thankfully, Divine Dark Skin magazine is here to put an end to the rumors and set the record straight. Here are eight untrue myths about black women that need to be squelched:
1. Black Women Are Angry
Black women are simply reacting to a world that aims to silence and shame us. Malcolm X once said, “the most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman”. This neglect rings true when you consider the fact that any opinionated, strong-willed Black woman is penalized by society and deemed “angry” or “aggressive”. The “angry black woman” stereotype is society’s way of undermining our opinions and silencing us. Thankfully, black women are now able to expect and demand more from society, as well as to create platforms that allow us to make our voices heard. Don’t be afraid to speak up about the unique experience of being a black woman and the systems of oppression that work against you.
2. Black Women Aren’t As Beautiful As Women of Other Races
In an article called “Why Are African American Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?”, evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa tried to prove how black women are “objectively and subjectively” less attractive than white, Asian and Native American women. Unfortunately, Kanazawa’s sentiments are widespread and popular—we hear anti-black women sentiments expressed regularly in rap music, movies and pop culture. The truth is that here are exceptionally beautiful women of all races. Society just doesn’t put the effort into finding and promoting beautiful racially unambiguous black women. And even the most beautiful black woman will never rank highly when compared in a society that is highly biased towards Western, Eurocentric beauty ideals.
3. Black Women (Should) Have Curvy Shapes
The message is straightforward: to be an attractive black woman, your body should have a certain shape. People rarely discuss the pressure that women of color feel to live up to the ideal beauty standards. But as black market plastic surgery is on the rise among black women, it’s essential that we begin to have discussions about unfair beauty standards in the black community.