The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation have teamed up in a round of anti-Black woman racism. An article released by the Washington Post studies Black women’s bodies as if we are creatures in a circus to be poked and ridiculed. Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a “survey,” on a sample of Black women and discovered that GASP Black women are more likely to be overweight, but happier with their bodies than White women. I’m getting really tired of the media treating Black women like we’re lab rats to be observed, studied and ridiculed. We are a diverse group of people, what is the point of doing a survey about Black women’s bodies only to ridicule and tell Black women how overweight we REALLY are compared to white women. Always comparing us to white women…I’m sick of that too. White women are THE MOST PRIVILEGED GROUP OF WOMEN on the planet, our lives are not comparable.Black women are complex people and no study can tell people how Black women really feel about themselves because we’re individuals.
Take a look at some of this foolishness:
The poll found that although black women are heavier than their white counterparts, they report having appreciably higher levels of self-esteem. Although 41 percent of average-sized or thin white women report having high self-esteem, that figure was 66 percent among black women considered by government standards to be overweight or obese
Well, gee HOW DARE Black women, us ugly, obese mammies have high self-esteem?!…let’s do a study and figure out why SOME of these Black women have high self-esteem *sarcasm*
This is just a waste of time. We’re not a single group that can be defined by a little poll and contrary to the stereotype, not all Black women have high self-esteem, some of us struggle with our self-esteem just like some white women do. I dislike the strong Black woman stereotype, we’re portrayed as indefatigable and impenetrable. With all the emotional and psychological abuse in the society, OF COURSE there are going to be some Black women with self-esteem problems…we are human beings…anyone subjected to abuse is going to feel something.
We’re a diverse group, we all handle stress differently, some Black women respond to the constant emotional rejection, racist beauty standards and psychological abuse that society inflicts on us by building up their self-esteem and some Black women crumble under those beauty standards and struggle just like any other person. Please cut this strong Black woman stereotype crap. This article is just a PC way of telling Black women that we’re obese and fall outside society’s beauty ideals, yet we’re strong and incapable of feeling the stress of racist/sexist beauty standards. It’s just a back-handed compliment and an insult.
Finally, there is a difference between thick and obese, there are plenty of Black women who fall outside of society’s thin beauty ideals, and they are not overweight. I dislike how people imply that Black women’s bodies are inherently more obese, we have nice shapes and diverse body types. We are more likely to have the hour-glass shape than other women. Anika Noni Rose, Angela Basset and many other Black women have thick bodies, but they’re very fit. You do not need to be stick thin to be fit and healthy.
Yes, there is a problem with obesity in the Black community and that can attributed to health inequalities, stress, racism. But, when Black women are healthy and fit we have beautiful bodies naturally, just as other women do…we all know it, and every one else does too, that’s why some people are so obsessed with degrading us…don’t hate.
I’m sick of people stereotyping and studying Black women like we’re lab rats. I’m sick of people assuming that all Black women are overweight NATURALLY, when that’s not the case. It’s fine to love your body, but Black women are complex and there are many reasons why some Black women might be overweight.
I think the whole point of this article was just to ridicule, stare and poke at us just as they did Sara Baartman. She was a Black woman who left her homeland in South Africa and was forced to work at a circus where white people stared and jeered at her as if she were a zoo animal. Her dark skin, protruding buttocks and elongated labia, in their minds, justified treating her like an animal because her body was different from white women’s. She ended up working as a prostitute in Europe after she left the circus and died abused and mistreated in Europe.
It’s always amazed me how obsessed people are with Black women, especially with our bodies. There are entire articles dedicated to how our bodies supposedly look, who we sleep with, what we’re doing, who we’re doing and it fascinates me, the OBSESSION that society seems to have with us. Forbes, one of the whitest magazines ever, even featured this article. I find it hard to believe their motives are good, no this is just another way to ridicule Black women.