Shadeism – Dealing with Shade Issues across the World.

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If you had not had the chance yet to see the short documentary of Shadeism , than you are in for something good. Through the eyes and words of 5 young women and 1 little girl shadeism discusses the underlying shade issues that plague young women and society in a whole across the whole world.  I was shocked even to myself to find that it affected as many countries as much as it has, just the same as the United States.

Shadesim is one true eye opening documentary to the effects that colonialism has had on the world, and the fact that if you are not of a lighter complexion than that can somehow hinder you, and have you not liking your self as much.

I am of a dark complexion, and my whole family is of very much lighter skin tone except for my older brother and I. And I have been hearing my whole life, that I was the darkest one and it affected me to a certain extent, but not as much because at the same time I was told that I was beautiful and the blacker the beerier the sweeter the juice.

However, than at the same times I would hear things from a grandmother that grew up,  in the times of segregation and from her point of view, the darker you were mainly of men she somehow thought less of them.

So as you can see I am had a unbalanced way of hearing things from a child on.  But that did not stop me from loving myself or not really truly appreciating who I am and was than.

Shadeism is something, that all should hear because it affects all and not just women, but men as well that are of darker complexions.  I am so thankful now that the country is starting to see that black is beautiful  and always has been. Here in the U.S.  and also across the world.

I love the fact that the movie shows and says that we should choose not to blend in to the norm, but set our own normality by starting the discussion and asking questions. So that we can see that everyone has either had some experience with it, or has seen it happen some where or another.

Shadeism is the sort of stuff that I love, and love to share because it shows the  negative in a situation and addresses the positive that we are beautiful and lovely at that.

The moment that you see that and really see and truly see it, than you are set free from the ignorance that has been entrenched in the minds of many, subconsciously. You are able than to truly love your self  and know that you are loved.

P.S. What are your thoughts ~ How do you feel abut the issue of Shadesim ? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. April 14, 2011 / 10:22 pm

    This is a great video/discussion! I have travelled in Asia–China, Korea, and Philippines, and my experience through conversations is that lighter is the standard of beauty. Gorgeous people described (three weeks ago when i was backpacking with Peace Corps friends of mine) how they were “not beautiful!” It is quite sad that they felt this way, in my opinion.

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