âIfâ Black Women Were White Women August 23, 2009
In âIf Men Could Menstruate,â Gloria Steinem makes the persuasive argument that âWhatever a âsuperiorâ group has will be used to justify its superiority, and whatever an âinferiorâ group has will be used to justify its plight.â For too long the definition of racism has been a fight between white and black manhood or âwhoâs the bigger manâ, so to speak. Weâve trivialized the existence of gender between both groups of men in favor for discussion of the âbigger issueâ. This has historically enabled white female supremacyâthe most unchallenged form of white supremacyâto escape any critical thought. What if suddenly, instantly, the power of white femininity were transferred to black women? The answer is clear: Black women would represent value, purity; and based on their natural traits would be worthy of protection and instantly become the objects of universal desire. White women would represent the opposite. âBeauty tar potionâ would become globally popular to get the âblack look.â âDoveâ would be replaced with a black soap called âRavenâ to help exfoliate the skin and bring out subtle hints of melanin. White female features would be declared violent. Their âjaggedâ thin lips, âknife sharpâ noses, and âharshâ jaw lines would be natureâs way of expressing why men have a natural preference for the soft features of black women. Soft lips, soft cheekbones, and soft, round noses would be proof of natural femininity. Full, pink lips and large, dark eyes would become associated with virginal black girls whose purity must not be compromised. Black female features would thus be said to represent youth. Straight, blond hair would be considered âwild and unrulyâ because when the wind blew, it did not stay in place. Women with naturally straight hair would hide their âunrulyâ and âwildâ stick-straight hair in public. The desire for âlightweight hairâ that defied gravity would permanently end the use of blow dryers. Keeping oneâs natural blond hair wild and straight would become indicative of a political statement. The anti-aging properties of black female skin combined with soft, curvy bodies would be proof of the overall reproductive health of black women. Scientists would argue that black women were naturally preferred as long term mates and mothers because they were âhealthier.â Menâs attraction to women is based on overall health and fertility, after all. Suddenly, biracial women would be âinâ because the hard features of white women wouldnât prevent the fragile genes of âblack beautyâ from peeking through. Men would suddenly have the desire to date âethnic,â non-black women since they would look âcloser to blackâ than blond womenâat least they wouldnât look like white women. Statistics would equate the fact that white women make up the majority with their âoverpoweringâ and âstrongâ population. This would be proof that they could handle unsafe neighborhoods. The âstrong cultureâ they would have created amongst themselves would enable them to withstand their lack of protection from predators and criminals. Statisticians would argue that men were attracted to black women innately because they made up a small percentage of the population. âWe tend to value what is rare,â they might say. Men would proclaim that white women deserve sexual objectification because âflat buttocksâ allow for deeper penetration. In ghettos across America, men would stand on street corners and yell âDamn! You got a flat ass!â to remind white women of their sexual status in society. Upper class women would be afraid that their âasses looked flatâ since it would represent animalistic and sexual deviance, like white women. Black womenâs buttocks, said to protrude farther from the body, would prove that their natural vulnerability made them âless equippedâ to handle hardcore sex and rape like white women could. âI need a strong white woman!â would become a popular âempoweringâ slogan for exploitative men who rationalized the emotional, financial, and sexual overburdening of white women. Overweight white nannies would become the âacceptable white womenâ in popular culture as they do not pose a threat to black female superiority and privilege. Conventionally attractive white women would serve as a sexual threat to black women for single-handedly breaking down the beauty hierarchy. Hip hop videos would feature men throwing money at âwhite bitchesâ bent over in front of the camera to showcase their white asses, eager for deep penetration. Entire songs would be devoted to hatred of âwhite gold digging bitchesâ who believed that they were entitled to the financial security in marriage to which black women were entitled. âPenetrable white assesâ and âpale-faced hoesâ would become the cash commodity for selling entire musical genres. White womenâs âhardâ bodies would be deemed more âcapableâ of fighting off sexual attackers, while the soft curves of black female bodies would become worthy of police protection. White women, despite being at high risk of being victimized by violence and sexual crimes, would not âneedâ police protection. Movies would feature black women as the main objects of menâs desire across racial lines while stereotypes of evil, bitter, and oversexed white women would further prove why men of all races simply did not prefer blonds. âWe canât help those to whom weâre attracted,â men would say. âPreferenceâ would become an unconcealed acceptance of discrimination against white women. White womenâs anger towards and sadness about the status quo would show their unreasonable jealousy of the innate superiority of black women. Republicans would ban abortions to protect the virtue of pure, black motherhood and liberals would advocate increasing the number of abortion clinics in âlow incomeâ neighborhoods where white women would be the majority. Liberals would claim that white women had âculturallyâ approved of sexual objectification and were âsafe enoughâ without outside help since they were warned not to touch âin-group issuesâ with a ten foot pole. And so on and so forth. The most important reality is that black feminists would eventually grow tired of being seen as innocent and vulnerable in patriarchy and would fight to erase the commodity of black femininity. âThe innocent, submissive, and vulnerable representation of women is what puts us in danger. The rigid category of femininity has contributed to our oppression,â they might argue. In the back of every black feminist movement we would hear the quiet and dignified pleas of radical white feminists. âBut, we do not represent femininity. We are considered strong, incapable of feeling pain, and sexually deviantâbut all this has done is increase our likelihood of being in danger. And arenât we women too?â As Gloria Steinem wrote, âIn short, the characteristics of the powerful, whatever they may be, are thought to be better than the characteristics of the powerless â and logic has nothing to do with it.â What remains universally evident is that the many justifications for power and privilege are always inherent, always scientific, and always permeate society to the point that they remain deeply buried within our collective consciousness. Until someone challenges them. SOURCE
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