For example, in the past a Black woman with natural hair could be seen as a culturally “woke” individual. On in another context, a woman with kinky hair may have been called nappy and painted as someone who didn’t care about their appearance. On the other side, a black woman with straight hair may have been complimented for having “good” hair or she may have be seen as having a colonized mind. These are the views that exist in society and they are just some of the pressures put on black women not only by non-blacks, but also by others within the black community and they affect black women every day. These views and expectations of what Black hair should look like has played out in the media though depictions of characters in movies and vixens in music videos and even in the work place.
When people think of natural hair they think of nappy, crunchy, and dry brittle hair. The people who thought that are wrong. Natural hair is beautiful curls and coils that define African American women. Natural hair is better than relaxed hair because it has a beautiful texture, multiple hair styles can be applied, and natural hair grows much faster. Natural hair has a beautiful texture that makes African American women diversed.
The most interesting aspect of this relationship is the difference in age between Gloria and Jay and how this ties into their gender roles within the family. Their age difference fits a stereotype of Gloria being a “gold digger.” She fits this image as her character is shown as a fiery young Latino woman who is portrayed as very feminine. Her clothing accentuates her femininity, and her hair and makeup are always flawless, all characteristics of what gold diggers are typically described as. She often needs help doing things, and is also portrayed as fairly emotional and irrational. She is characterized with traits that fit what society deems as stereotypically “feminine.” For example, in the episode “Moon Landing,” Gloria gets in a car accident` and is portrayed as a terrible driver.
Dreadlocks and the stigma behind them are an important topic to address. Black people in North America are pressured to straighten their hair, as their natural styles, whether an afro or dreadlocks, are seen as dirty, messy, unkept etc. There have been multiple cases of children being sent home from school because of their hair such as the case of Tiana Parker, a seven year old child. Dreadlocks on afro textured hair is clean and well kept, as the hair is naturally likely to form the dreadlocks shape with just a little bit of help. The stereotype of dreadlocks being dirty, is just that, a stereotype.
Even though Miss Skeeter’s mother always portrayed Miss Skeeter as odd and as slightly ugly, other people always seemed to gravitate to Miss Skeeter’s inner beauty like Constantine, Miss Hilly, and Steward. It is funny how society defines beauty, but individuals within a society do not fail to identify true beauty which is inner beauty. Miss Skeeter’s inner beauty definitely came from her long and close relationship with Constantine, Miss Skeeter’s childhood maid. However, Berber’s discussion began a consideration of; what would Miss Skeeter be like if any variable was different in Miss Skeeter’s life? Would Miss Skeeter be the same if her family was different, yet Constantine was the same?
The film does not shy away from exploring the beauty of the black woman, in her unfiltered element. In the world today, women of color have always played second fiddle to the white woman when it comes to beauty. The white woman is used as the benchmark for beauty; blond straightened hair, and a petite body size. The Dora Milaje and other women of Wakanda, however, embrace their kinky hair and the not-so-petite bodies. With more and women undergoing skin lightening procedures to identify with societal norms and expectations, the Dora Milaje are proudly dark skinned and do not shy away from it.
At the beginning of the novel, Bromden is describing the Nurse’s appearance. He states, “A mistake was made somehow in manufacturing, putting those big, womanly breasts on what would of otherwise been a perfect work, and you can see how bitter she is about it” (6). Bromden explains that the Big Nurse is a “perfect work” because she is physically commanding which makes her an effective leader. However, “a mistake was made”, and this error is the
Some black girls change their names because employers dispose of their applications because they have a black, or rather ghetto name. In fact, employers don’t approve of natural hair styles because they look “unprofessional”. Employers do so with the intention of excluding people of color from their place of employment. In addition to being neglected in the professional field, young, gifted, and black girls have to wear costumes in their own communities. They are often judged and ridiculed because they clearly enunciate their words when communicating with others.
The women in The Scarlet Pimpernel such as The Comtesse and Marguerite are unique, complex characters that face real world situations making them anything but characterized individuals. The Comtesse shows her individuality in The Scarlet Pimpernel by being a caring woman. She is extremely protective over her children because she wants the best for
In addition to that, the black community isolated Sethe because she did something that the community considered wrong. Black feminism will be the approach utilized here to see the oppression of woman of color because it includes sexism, classism and racism. Since the female characters are very dominant in the novel, a black feminist approach should be very effective and it enables one to see how the female characters deal with the past and live with it in the present, what motherhood mean to the female characters, and how much the past influences the female characters who lives in the present. The end of the novel reveals the forgiveness and the acceptance not only of the black community toward Sethe’s choice (killing her daughter) but also of the white people (the Bodwins) who accepted Denver to work for them. This reconciliation shows the courage and the will to get rid off from the past to live side by side peacefully and to move toward the future together.
The naturalista niche is a movement that aims to empower the black community and to educate them on how to take care of themselves, mainly hair care. Many believe that hair is a person’s primary way of expression but for black women they have not been given many choices on how they can do that. Rather, they are told that the natural state of their hair is not okay and needs to be “tamed” in order for society to accept them. A black woman with an Afro or cornrows may have the same or more qualifications than a Caucasian woman with long hair but the typical prejudice is the black woman is unprofessional and cannot represent their brand the same way the Caucasian woman can. Though it is not blatantly stated there is a tone that has been set by many companies that have influenced the black community to build within itself.