Skin Bleaching Hot Trend for Nigerian Women

Vladimir Duthiers, CNN, October 9, 2013

Many women in Nigeria make this clear: they want to have lighter-colored skin.

Cosmetic skin bleaches are all the vogue, but the risks may outweigh the perceived benefits.

Fair and white, that’s exactly what Lilian Irek would like to be. And the makers of fair and white and other skin lightening creams tell us that business has never been better.

The business of beauty is booming in Lagos, Nigeria. In fact, the World Health Organization says that 77 percent of Nigerian women use skin bleaching or skin-toning cosmetics, something that dermatologists say can be damaging to skin long-term.

The women CNN spoke with in one beauty shop say for them, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about looking good.

“When you’re fair, people easily notice you, you’re noticed everywhere, but when you’re dark it will be a bit difficult for people to notice you,” said Selina Nkwocha, sales representative for Kuddy Cosmetics.

However, just like tanning in the west, when not used properly, bleaching can have devastating effects on health. The main component in the cream is hydroquinone, a chemical the European Union and Japan have banned in cosmetics.

A spokesperson for Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration tells CNN it allows a maximum of two percent hydroquinone in cosmetics. That’s in line with over-the-counter so-called “brightening products” in the U.S. and Canada.

While these products are fine for removing blemishes and dark spots, the agency it tries to educate people about the hazards of prolonged bleaching.

Reporter: “Hydroquinone is a dangerous substance?”

“Yes, that’s one of the dangerous substances,” said Dr. Yetunde Mercy Olumide, dermatologist and professor emeritus with the University of Lagos.

Specifically, doctors here say hydroquinone can be harmful because it makes the skin lose its elasticity. That can cause complications during surgeries and caesarean childbirths.

“The abdominal suture line doesn’t heal, so you find what we call burst abdomen. I’ve seen it live, no stories, you know, and of course what follows, overwhelming infection, shock, and they die,” said Dr. Olumide.

Still, even women who know the risks are buying, and Nigerian society’s attitude towards light skin, is just driving this trend.

“For me personally I like lighter skin women,” said Cyril Okoi.

Reporter: “What would you tell a young girl or a young woman that is attracted to the idea of bleaching their skin?”

“I would say first of all, primarily, I would want to tell them black is beautiful,” said Dr. Olumide.

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  • JackKrak

    Black isn’t so beautiful after all, apparently.

    • sbuffalonative

      That’s one lie that never took hold. Haven’t heard it in a long time. Even blacks seemed to have abandoned it.

      • Roger Moore

        On the flip side, ole pale face continues to spend billions to get darker! Despite heightened skin cancer risks!

    • Spartacus

      Nobody likes excrement .

    • Spartacus

      Feces are generally considered repulsive .

    • Oil Can Harry

      Since nearly 80% of Nigerian women have money to burn on this nonsense they must not be that poor.

      Time to cut all foreign aid to the Turd World.

    • Gereng

      No.. that’s simply one more thing among a kazillion..they can’t get right… Who’s surprised? They’re negroes! I have never seen a beautiful black female and that’s after more than ten years living in black nations. In Somalia they come closest to attractive and that is because they don’t have heavy, thick typical bantu features.

      • Roger Moore

        Don’t you have a dog awaiting your intimate affection, Remus?!

    • Roger Moore

      Sick, self loathing is what’s ugly. Nothing finer than smooth, even toned, dark skin.

  • Spartacus

    “When you’re fair, people easily notice you, you’re noticed everywhere,
    but when you’re dark it will be a bit difficult for people to notice
    you,” said Selina Nkwocha, sales representative for Kuddy Cosmetics.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Not gonna work. You’ll never be White, you disgusting dark-skins !

    • David Ashton

      But you “notice” them? In fact, your observation seems visceral. Me, I don’t think anyone can help how they are born, and this skin-lightening is rather sad. One of my granddaughter’s cat has just had three kittens, one of them totally black. It hasn’t occurred to any of us to kill it.

      • Spartacus

        Black cats won’t kill you, rape you or eat you, will they ?

        • CoweringCoward

          Bingo! That’s why we don’t abuse black cats, black dogs or black anything that has not shown us it needs to be treated and handled differently. If blacks were the most honest and intelligent, hard working group on earth, as hard as it is to imagine, we probably would be trying to darken our skin more in their direction.

          It’s like the “N” word, or black or African “American”, what ever term they want to be referred to by will take on negative connotations in short order, being a DIRECT result of their ongoing appalling behavior.

          When I was alluding to the “N” word I was not meaning “Neighbor”, though that is a far worse name to most of us.

        • Sick of it

          Or, in some cases, all three.

        • ShermanTMcCoy

          How do you cut off a black cat’s tail?

          Hide the keys to his Cadillac.

        • David Ashton

          I never experienced any such risk in London with the black teachers, parents, or students one of whom (as I have said before) was the cleverest female pupil I have taught who went on to read physics at Cambridge, but maybe your experience in Bucuresti is completely different. Many black youths have admittedly got worse in their behavior in recent years, thanks partly to the commercialised rap culture and the political pandering to their whims which, incidentally, some adult blacks condemn and try to resist in the face of “white liberal” oppostion.

          I have never concealed my opposition to the immigration of incompatible ethnic groups and to miscegenation, and even discussed repatriation with some of my West Indian students, though to voice such opinions today would be a career and pension fatality.

          I am not under any illusions, especially since a friend of a nephew’s wife had her home, musical instruments AND CAT burned out during the London riots, but I am quite capable of distinguishing the good and co-operative from the bad and hostile among peoples (including “our own”).

          • Spartacus

            I wouldn’t trust any of them if I were you. Remember, the “good” ones are a minority, and letting your guard down at any time could be fatal.

          • David Ashton

            As I said to JE, “due prudence is recommended”.

      • Extropico

        We notice them because our daughters and sisters are targeted by THEM.

        • Sick of it

          As well as mothers, grandmothers, and, apparently, great grandmothers.

        • David Ashton

          Disqus seems to have removed my reply to Spartacus while leaving my name! It is on my archive and is an answer also to you.

        • Roger Moore

          You are silly! No one wants your dog loving bitches!

      • Who Me?

        About your granddaughter’s black kitten; does it have black skin, or just black hair? (Look at the pads of it’s feet, or in it’s little ears, or just brush some of the hair backwards and look at it’s skin.) Bet you anything the cat is just a brunette, not a blackskin. And even if it really does have black skin (very rare) it won’t rape or kill your granddaughter, will it?

    • Roger Moore

      Yes! Why feign ghoulish skin?!

  • WASP

    Lightening their skin cannot change what they are. What about their hair, facial features, bone structure, etc., to name a few. A leopard cannot change its spots. These women need to accept who and what they are. They cannot ever be happy trying to be something nature didn’t make them.

    • What about their lack of intelligence and poor impulse-control?

      • Roger Moore

        Your avatar is appropriate for the ghastly, ghoulish nature of your sun allergic self!

    • David Ashton

      It is the prognathism rather than the complexion that constitutes the subconscious core of the problem; it is a sense of evolutionary difference. On the other hand, the flared nostrils, wide eyes and large lips of a lighter-toned, longer-haired mixed-race woman can exert a potent sexual attraction to white as well as black men, adding in the former case a touch of the adventurous “exotic” to the possibility of uninhibited copulation.

      • IstvanIN

        the flared nostrils, wide eyes and large lips of a lighter-toned,
        longer-haired mixed-race woman can exert a potent sexual attraction to
        white

        After how many shots?

        • David Ashton

          I am not in favour of succumbing to this temptation – I merely state it as a regrettable sociological phenomenon.

          • Lots of comments on this thread have been Moderated with Extreme Prejudice.

            My wife is Japanese, but I am also 3/16 Amerind. Some of the same people who disapprove of my marriage also wouldn’t want me with a white gal. I’m stuck like Chuck.

            Sayaka is from a famous Imperial Navy family. The men on her side still serve in the JMSDF.

            I would have been a miscegenator even if I had married my Scottish-Irish-Dutch-German high school girlfriend. I am 3/16 Amerind, and I never got to choose my ancestry: Scottish-Irish-Welsh-German-Cherokee-Tuscarora. I’m some sort of “Mestizo”, except I’m tall and intelligent. Most WN types would be revolted if I had married a white woman. Maybe I’d have to shut up about being part American Indian and thus lie to a white wife. You wouldn’t like me either way. It is easier to tell the truth.

          • David Ashton

            If you check my previous posts I said something to the effect that I personally couldn’t care less about your personal ancestry or marital choice, complimented you on your daughter’s name and repeatedly suggested you publish your autobiography.

            What I resented was being accused of having a sexual appetite for colored women and therefore in your view being guilty of bestiality. True, I do not regard blacks or mixed-race females, whether pretty or ugly, as animals, but I have never lusted after any of them, and never will.

          • I believe that African’t blacks are not really people in the sense that you and I are. I regard them as animals, unless and until proven otherwise on an individual basis. I likely occupy a position much farther to the right than would be normally tolerated even on Stormfront in this respect.

          • David Ashton

            There are evolutionary variations within Homo sapiens.

            As stated here before, the cleverest female student I have taught from among different races (except the Chinese, whose continuous immigration into England had hardly started at that time) was a black African. She was ladylike and polite, able to produce almost faultless essays in class rapidly in beautiful handwriting, and went on to read physics at Cambridge. Very different, however, from the grunting thugs we see on rap videos &c who are lionised regularly and deliberately to the point of obsession by our “white” left-liberal press, like “The Guardian”, “Independent” and “Observer”. So it all depends – but Africans are as biologically human as John Engelman’s own favorite “races”.

            I am English, and you once said you hate even us. I take that too with a pinch of salt(peter).

          • Roger Moore

            Of course, you prefer intimate relations with dogs, Romulus… Or is it Remus?

          • David Ashton

            This stupid remark comes from someone who has posted that all white people are freakish looking aliens with evil intentions.

      • Speak for yourself. It would seem like bestiality to me.

  • borogirl54

    I find it amusing that a group of black African women are using skin lightning crème. Unlike the US, South Africa and other western countries, there are very few if any mulatto or mixed race women there with lighter skin.

    • Extropico

      When those African women see the looks that their men give the European relatives of those Western oil workers, word of the competitive advantage of White beauty spreads lightening fast.

    • Roger Moore

      How amused by all your white friends and family that drop plenty of dollars on lip enhancement, butt enhancement, and skin darkening?!

  • [Guest]

    In short, “I’m black and proud … but I want everything that white people possess, including their skin!”

    • Yep, every black wants nothing more than to be white.

      • I once knew a black guy who said straight-up he wished he was me.

      • [Guest]

        That I can understand. I don’t blame blacks wanting to be white.

        What flummoxes me is the reverse—white people mimicking dark people and all but worshipping the dark races. How perverse.

    • Roger Moore

      White people don’t want their own weak, crack and sag skin!

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    “When you’re fair, people easily notice you, you’re noticed everywhere, but when you’re dark it will be a bit difficult for people to notice you,” said Selina Nkwocha, sales representative for Kuddy Cosmetics.

    That’s because whites are already a small minority in the world, so that’s a fair assessment. IQ and success are also linked to skin color, so that could be another reason.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    I notice that the “black” CNN reporter was lighter than most of those he was interviewing in the video, so that should tell you something. CNN may even have chosen the darkest reporter they had.

    • willbest

      Yeah they should all do what that CNN reporter did and have a white ancestor or two.

  • PROUD TO BE WHITE

    I suppose they could sit in a vat of bleach for days, and the outcome
    would still be problematic. Their problem lies not in the production of melanin
    but the genes responsibility for their lack of intellect and industry, which
    gives them a greater propensity for crime and civil disorder. But who am I to
    complain! I am just an overly educated white guy, who does enjoy a good summer
    tan.

    • Extropico

      If we developed a genetic procedure to give them equal intelligence and industry, it would only increase their desire to seek White beauty. Do rich, Black athletes avoid White women…..

    • Roger Moore

      Of course, you enjoy adding color so you don’t look so ghoulish! Unfortunately, that melanin is not plentiful enough inside to protect you from the Sun’s UV radiation so you fry, your skin cracks and sags… Skin cancer en route!

  • MekongDelta69

    Uh-oh. UH-OH. What’s that I’m detecting? It’s coming to me. Wait. I know. I can see it now:

    White Nigerian privilege

  • joesolargenius

    I am amazed that none of you mentioned Wacko Jacko or Michael Jackson as he was also known whom not only bleached his skin but went to great lengths to look like a White Woman. He was definitely setting the trend to be whiter and I am sure this has had a significant effect on the Black masses , he also entrusted the care of his money only to White Men while choosing a Black Doctor (legal drug dealer) to take care of his medical needs (drug habit) , do you think he was profiling.

    • me

      Yup. Michael Jackson considered his Bantu looks to be ‘ugly’. Sad…

      • WASP

        Michael Jackson wanted to be White but ended up only looking like a freak. He should have stayed the way he was.

        • Roger Moore

          I say he achieved what he sought… White people are freakish looking critters!

  • me

    That’s why we need segregation. Blacks wouldn’t feel bad about themselves, and Whites could live in peace.

    • David Ashton

      I am sympathetic to this view. It strikes me as more rational than the mass-extermination espoused by some other posters to the disadvantage of the New Century Foundation attempt to rehabilitate race realism.

  • ETW-78

    Black people come in a variety of skin tones. However, it is really tragic that Blacks who are the same shade as Whoopi Goldberg, Wesley Snipes or a Michael Jordan, feel they need to bleach their skin. It really is sad. You see this same foolishness in Asian cultures such as India, where anyone that is not very light, is considered less desirable, simply because they are of a darker shade. The madness in this world is unreal.

    • Sick of it

      There are ancient cultural reasons in India at least. Nigeria? It makes no sense at all for them to be unhappy being black.

    • MBlanc46

      It is sad. It’s not whites who create the desire in blacks to have lighter skin or straighter hair. It’s blacks themselves who are the source of the pressure to have these characteristics. I can understand, I think, why blacks in Europe or North America might have this desire. I fail to see why NIgerians should. Even in Europe and North America, I think that blacks should have more cultural autonomy so that they can set their own standards for themselves by themselves.

  • CoweringCoward

    About as smart and they said the kittens were black, so two out of three ain’t so bad, right?

  • Extropico

    It is some kind of rule of polite society that we must not acknowledge the problem unless we have the technology or means to solve it. We don’t yet have the technology to alter genetics on intellect and beauty effectively; so we must pretend everyone is equal…until that is when we possess that technology….then, it will be a civil right to deny someone access to the technology.

  • bigone4u

    “Black men love white women. Therefore, I will beez white and gits myzelf a mans.”
    _____________________________
    There are some amazing images that show up after searching for skin bleaching cream. This is one of them.

  • bigone4u

    An expert asks why you should lighten your skin, and includes a before and after image:

    It’s not just a case of whether a skin whitening cream works, because if it does work, it can be a life-changing thing, for better or worse, as you now have a much lighter skin tone.

    The other question is should you lighten your skin in the first place? For a darker skinned person, this may be a fairly big deal, and their could be cultural pressures as part of the psychology.

    In Asia for example, it’s seen as being a status symbol to have a lighter skin tone, as the richer classes had lighter skin because they didn’t work in the fields all day.

    • IstvanIN

      Both pictures are of the same woman? Astounding.

    • Chris Granzow XI

      “We can rebuild her, we have the technology, we can make her better than she was…”

    • dwpittelli

      Assuming they are the same woman (questionable):
      1) In the second picture her skin isn’t any lighter; it is warmer-colored (more red-orange, less blue).
      2) She of course bleached and dyed her hair, got a sexier haircut, and put on mascara and other makeup.
      3) She’s also had plastic surgery to her eyes and chin, and probably her nose and lips.
      4) Her eyebrows have a different orientation, which could be from surgery, botox, or just making the right facial pose.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    I’ve heard that in south korea a lot of the moisturizers have unlabeled skin-whitening ingredients, as if it is a need that goes without saying.

  • David Ashton

    Whoopi Goldberg, Queen Latifa (or whatever her name is)….?

  • skara_brae

    Boo-hoo-hoo.

  • Eddie Lutz

    Nice try, but it won’t make them smarter.

  • MBlanc46

    Okay, sure, the cosmetics and cosmetic surgery industries have an economic interest in promoting dissatisfaction about their looks among people of all sorts. And they have considerable success, especially among women. But the subtext here is color prejudice among people of African ancestry, a widely recognized phenomenon. It’s not just the Nigerian women are following the latest fashion trend, but that among people of African ancestry, lighter skin and straighter hair have for a long time been considered superior to darker skin and kinkier hair. I think that’s sad.

    • Extropico

      Just to be clear, you are alleging color prejudice among Black Africans in a country that is nearly 100% Black African with a Black African government. This would be a misuse of the term prejudice in that it implies invidious discrimination by another race in power. The preference, and that is the correct term, for lighter skin is based on objective standards of beauty that are yet to be firmly expatiated. We all want to be tall, rich, brilliant and beautiful… it is sad that we are limited as humans… it isn’t simply sad that a grouping of people want to be more beautiful.

      • MBlanc46

        ” This would be a misuse of the term prejudice in that it implies invidious discrimination by another race in power.”

        Apparently not.

  • As a former research chemist, I can say that hydroquinone, a.k.a. benzene -1,4 – diol looks very likely to be a carcinogen. I have been out of the field so long that I don’t know what tests have been conducted, but I sure wouldn’t put it on my skin.

    I wouldn’t want Sayaka to have surgery to make herself look more European. I think she’s delightful the way she is.

    I also don’t think “baseball mitt” tans look good on white (or east Asian) women. Their skin is going to be coarse and rough by the time they’re 35. We live in the middle of a continent, at 6100 feet elevation, and there was a good reason the original inhabitants had reddish-brown skin: the sun is harsh in Colorado. Sayaka at least wears a broad-brimmed straw sun hat summers here.

    I think light skin on a woman is the best. Sayaka is the color of slightly old ivory, which her hair sets off very nicely. My sister resembles our mother in that she’s very light-complexioned and gracile. Their hands are small. Even my ex-father had what my mother called “artist’s hands”. She describes mine as “serial-killer hands”. I’ve actually seen the serial-killer hands on a navy SEAL, and his made mine look like they belonged on a little girl. I tan very easily, but when I have an injury healing, I keep it out of the sun. Fresh scar tissue is sensitive to sunlight, tans easily, and never fades after that. I imagine one also doesn’t want cancer in rapidly-growing new flesh.

    When folks aren’t happy being who they are, I imagine there’s some other reason that no amount of money spent on cosmetics or plastic surgery will fix. Their money might be better spent seeing head-shrinkers.

  • Erasmus

    Face it: Lighter skinned people are more attractive.

    A great deal of vision is contrast, light and shadow. We all love looking at those high cheek bones and chiseled features. On a light skinned person you can see the bone structure and fine facial features because of the subtle shadows cast on their faces. On a dark skinned person, you’re looking at a largely amorphous mass. There is no play of light.
    Thus we must conclude that light plays better on lighter skinned people and we prefer looking at them or that light, just like, God, evolution and IQ tests, is “rayciss.”

    • dwpittelli

      Light-skinned people are more attractive to you if you’ve predominantly seen light-skinned people. Blacks who have little or no exposure to Western media and to white people, such as in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, find white people unattractive, even hideous.

  • Paul

    As I’ve said before All beauty comes from the white race. Show me a full-blooded member of any race without any white blood that is attractive, male or female.

    • Budd Smith

      Nora Miao in is a very beautiful Chinese woman.

  • Andy

    The genetic studies they’ve done in India show the upper castes having more Indo-European blood and the lower castes more Dravidian, with the tribes mixed Dravidian and Australoid.

  • Andy

    I guess I just don’t see why you’re interpreting things this way. I see the mass media celebrating black beauty and working hard against the phenomenon of black women trying to look whiter. And I see black women by and large trying to look whiter anyway.

    I think sexual competition explains most of the fashions. On the femininity to masculinity scale, we go Asian -> white -> black. So among straights, you see white men with Asian women and black men with white women, but less commonly the other way around. This tends to leave Asian men and black women in a jam in some areas, and since women are the prime consumers of beauty products, you have masses of them trying to compete with white women by looking whiter.

    I do not really understand the reasons for Asian women trying to look white. White women do tend to be more varied in appearance (particularly with coloring), and standing out can be a benefit in finding a mate. Also, wide eyes are considered attractive in most places, and epicanthal folds are not really very useful anymore.

    As for white women and tanning, tanned skin hides wrinkles and pimples better and makes you look thinner. I see some sneering at “pasty” pale skin, but I think the tanning has more to do with the former reasons.

    • Andy

      ETW-78 –

      Hey, your post isn’t active for some reason, so I’m responding here. I’ll post a note on yours if it becomes active.

      “The mass media celebrates a certain type of Black beauty, so let’s stop pretending that the world doesn’t see this. When was the last time you saw a reporter or a movie star that’s tooted as a beauty queen, the same shade as the women you see in the clip?”

      I agree with you there. Most of the black women the media presents as beautiful are white-looking. I noticed in the “My Black Is Beautiful” series that almost all of the women featured had a good percentage of white in them. However, they emphasize verbally how dark skin, Afro hair, wide noses, etc. are beautiful. It seems to me that the aim of such programs is to affirm black, negroid beauty, but that the makers don’t quite believe it or don’t expect their audiences to.

      “As far as relationships are concerned in America, the majority of Black men are still partnered with Black females.”

      What I was pointing out is that in most black-white relationships, it is the male that’s black and the female that’s white. White females are “stealing” a non-negligible percentage (obviously still the minority) of black males, while black females are not getting a supply of white males to replenish the reduced pool of potential mates. This is probably exacerbated by the fact that black men are more likely to be unemployed or criminals than black women, meaning that the pool of suitable black male candidates is even smaller.

      “Additionally, the same media conditioning can be said of White women. Skin tanning to the point where they’re my complexion or darker than me; they’re told their lips are paper thin and spend billions getting collagen lip injections for fuller lips; they’re also told that their rear-ends are flat like a pancake, so now they spend millions on fat grafting and butt implants to get a bigger, more rounded backside.”

      I still don’t think these methods would work if there wasn’t a natural desire behind them. Tan skin, thick lips, and large buttocks all have their appeal.

      “Propaganda via the use of images has deeply influenced everyone, so stop acting as if it has just affected your race.”

      I simply do not see contemporary examples of the media mocking black or Asian features. They can get away with mocking white features because whites are currently the out-group and because white women generally do not worry that they are uglier than other races. Anyone who mocks black or Asian features is instantly ostracized.

      I agree with you that white-looking blacks and Asians are more likely to be hailed as beautiful by both the media and the populace at large, and that this situation is harmful for blacks and Asians. I just don’t see this as a top-down imposition.

  • dwpittelli

    They see that the world is run by white people — Obama is an obvious exception, but no one thinks him the harbinger of permanent black rule in the US or elsewhere in the West — they know that the colonizers of Africa were all white Europeans, and they see that rich tourists and international beauty models are almost exclusively white people. So it should not be hard to understand that whiteness would be appealing.

  • WhiteGayMale

    Huh?

  • Carney3

    It’s not Western media propaganda. It’s not about us being politically or culturally dominant at this point.

    The ancient Greeks and Romans, despite being dominant, found fairer northern European barbarians more attractive than themselves. Wigs made from blonde and red hair sold well, and bodies of wealthy women have been found with dyed hair.

    At the height of Islam, the Ottoman Empire and North African raiders often bought and sold white European slaves, and fairer women were at a high premium.

    The Chinese and Japanese so valued fairer complexions in their women that chalk-white makeup become the norm, at a time when these civilizations were either at their height, or totally sealed off from all Western influence.

    Among all races, women tend to be fairer than men of that race. Being fairer is a sign of femininity.

  • Andy

    “The mass media celebrates a certain type of Black beauty, so let’s stop pretending that the world doesn’t see this. When was the last time you saw a reporter or a movie star that’s tooted as a beauty queen, the same shade as the women you see in the clip?”

    I agree with you that most of the black women that are presented as beautiful are white-looking. However, the media makes a point of saying that dark skin, Afro hair, and wide noses are just as pretty as white features. I was recently watching “My Black Is Beautiful”. The host and most of the guests were white-looking. So were many, but not all, of the “ordinary” women they used for makeovers and such. However, like others who talk about such things, they made a big deal about how negroid features themselves are beautiful. I think that was the point the makers wanted to get across, but I think either they disbelieved it or they didn’t think their audiences would believe it.

    “As far as relationships are concerned in America, the majority of Black men are still partnered with Black females.”

    I was pointing out that among black-white partnerships, most are black male/white female. White women “steal” a fair number of black males (and generally more financially successful black males), but the pool of potential mates for black women is not replenished with a supply of white males. This is exacerbated by the facts that 1) black numbers in America are smaller than whites, so the same number of interracial marriages has more of an effect on black women than white men, 2) black women tend to be more financially successful than black men, making it hard for them to find a mate of equal education/earning power to begin with, and 3) lots of black men make themselves undesirable mates by committing crimes. Clearly the majority of marriages are still intraracial. But it’s still a nuisance for groups like black women and Asian men to have their choice of mates reduced.

    “Additionally, the same media conditioning can be said of White women. Skin tanning to the point where they’re my complexion or darker than me; they’re told their lips are paper thin and spend billions getting collagen lip injections for fuller lips; they’re also told that their rear-ends are flat like a pancake, so now they spend millions on fat grafting and butt implants to get a bigger, more rounded backside.”

    I still don’t think these things would work if there wasn’t truth to them. Tan skin, full lips, and large buttocks have their appeal.

    “Propaganda via the use of images has deeply influenced everyone, so stop acting as if it has just affected your race.”

    I just don’t see the mainstream media disparaging black or Asian features. They can get away with it more with white features, but they still don’t do it much. I agree with you that the emphasis on white and white-looking beauty is harmful for American blacks and Asians (much more harmful, at least directly, than media jokes mocking white beauty are for whites), but I don’t think it’s a top-down imposition.

  • That was at sales dinner I once went to. I never got paroled; the feds abolished parole in 1986, and I did my stretch in 2000-2003.

    Some of them envy us, and it really bothers them.

  • If I could pick an ancestor, I would want one who could have given me toothed, pharyngial jaws and perhaps a extensile hollow glossus with a sharp tip for injecting venom and digestive fluids.

  • He was always a bit weird, but I suspect he became addicted to industrial-grade painkillers after the burns he received in that old Pepsi commercial.

  • I’m 3/16 Amerind, so I tan very easily. Your mileage may very.

  • Fair skin in women also used to be the sign of wealth; they didn’t work outdoors. This is why fair skin in the civilized parts of east Asia was prized by women – and by men among women.

  • joesolargenius

    You need to tan in the morning and always stop by ten am.

  • Roger Moore

    Just die of skin cancer already, vampire!

  • Roger Moore

    100% of whites are aliens with evil intentions.

  • David Ashton

    The problem is not eventually breeding out so much as continually breeding in.