Skin Bleaching in Jamica and Femine Beauty Essay

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According to leading dermatologists and author of the book "Acne in Black Women", Dr. Neil Persadsingh states bleaching is a process by which creams were used to kill the melanin in the skin. Melanin is the substance that gives the skin its pigmentation and protects the skin from the cancer-causing ultraviolet rays from the sun. The more melanin in the skin the darker the person. According to doctor Persadsingh most of the bleaching products contain large amounts of hydroquinone a substance which is very detrimental to ones health and includes side effects such has nausea, shortness of breath, convulsions, delirium, Damage to the skin-wrinkles, severe acne and marks which are irreversible after constant use. These…show more content…
Any one who differs from western estimates of beauty and embraces the African ancestry is normally looked done on. This was mostly the case in the late 20th century. Beauty is defined as “an assemblage of graces or properties pleasing to the eye, the intellect the aesthetic faculty, or the moral faculty.” This definition was taken from Theophilus Scholes book Glimpses of the Ages. According to Scholes definition beauty is made up of many outer and inner attributes. Most black people have been socialized into western values and standards of judging beauty to the point were there conception of feminine beauty their faith in them self and each other, their whole feeling of belonging and certitude are all affected by white supremacy. Blacks living in Africa were proud of them selves and how they looked. Many blacks coming into contact with the whites for the first saw them has repulsive. One African woman’s first response to a white man she saw was, that he looked close in resemblance to a scalded pig. In addition, many of the first European visitors to Africa saw the Africans as “handsome people”. The need for a cheap labour supply and free labour would lead them to convince their selves and African people that Africans were ugly, dum, good for nothing, so on and so forth. The indoctrination of the blacks with this false notion, the re-socialization of black people to believe ‘nothing too black ‘nuh’ good’. Would take place in many ways

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