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You seem to be browsing on a screen size, browser, or device that this website cannot support. Some things might look and act a little weird. To be a Black woman in America is to suffer from the intersectionalities that make up your identity. Amongst many things, it is to be medically disposable, aesthetically fetishized and subdued in order to make others comfortable. Institutionalized medical racism originated centuries ago, when Black people would be operated on as experiments without their consent or any sort of anesthetics.
As a way to justify their cruel acts, doctors reasoned that Black people seldom felt pain. We see the residue of these ideas still manifesting in modern-day healthcare systems, where Black patients spend more time in waiting rooms and Black women are three to six times more likely to die giving birth than white women. The historical archetype of Black women as nurturers usually portrays a dark-skinned woman who is the primary caretaker of the house.
She is given domestic tasks such as cooking, cleaning and the nursing of small children. If we are not labeled this by the white man, we are labeled by our own Black men. Being able to express emotion freely is not a liberty Black women are afforded. Why am I not allowed to be upset in peace?
Even if I am not upset, why do I always have to be smiling? So much is expected of us in a world that undermines us. The stigmas and stereotypes that society has created hold so much weight still. Sporty little girls are told they must be more feminine and leave games to boys. In circumstances of sexual abuse or harassment, people will ask what the victim was wearing.
Being assertive is misconstrued as being arrogant. Even when a woman is married, many men simply see her as a trophy or property. We must move away from the habit of constantly faulting women for living their lives. Judgment is inevitable, but Black women get it the worst by far. Within the group of those that do appreciate us, a large of them are men fetishizing and objectifying our distinctive features.
The plump lips, wide hips and coily hair. Many white women with glorified Eurocentric beauty standards are now altering their features to embody more Afrocentric features. From lip plumpers and injections to spray tans and purposeful uses of darker foundation colors, this is blackface taking another form, and it is still just as revolting.
Even in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, when so many Black people are being killed, there are Black women who have been placed on the back burner of the movement—even though they are at the front lines of the fight. We know so many Black men who have been victims of police brutality, but there are so many women that are not given the same recognition. The same people who formed this society that we live in will tell a woman that she must be receptive while allowing men to be projective.
These traits are not entirely wrong, but they are entirely too limiting. Black women are human as well. The world labels us as strong just to mask all the damage that is done to us. It becomes dehumanizing when your very existence is policed and stigmatized. Black women do not exist to make you comfortable—but first, you should ask yourself why you feel uncomfortable in the first place.
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Shona Ortiz To be a Black woman in America is to suffer from the intersectionalities that make up your identity. Black mothers especially receive the worst of it, starting with the medical field. Comments Before submitting a comment, please review our comment policy. Some key points from the policy: No hate speech, profanity, disrespectful or threatening comments.
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