I always laugh when I hear men criticising women who are out here looking for bleaching cream. When these men say things like “Black is beautiful!” or “Why would any woman do that to herself?”
Like a woman sits at home one day, a bit bored with nothing better to do and says “I know! I’ll bleach instead of watching Big Bang Theory!”
Bleaching is a simple case of supply and demand. You hear all the tripe men spew about #TeamDarkSkin but there’s a melanin-free bride up at the altar every Saturday. They’re the higher paid actresses/entertainers, they’re the ones in the jeeps, they’re the ones Alhaji carries home from Quilox on the Saturday night. It takes an immense amount of self-esteem/obtuseness to not see what you need to do.
Nobody would bleach if they didn’t feel they have to. The days of Tura and Shirley are long gone. Bleaching cream don cost and these ladies are ouchea doing CLEAN jobs. Some are even taking pills to de-melanin-ate from the inside out.
Why do women bleach?
And why all the kerfuffle? Because this fuckery is a real tweet:
You will just know this dude is all kinds of misogynistic wrong. What is a female? As in…like a dog? A female rat? I believe the term you’re looking for is ‘lady’ or ‘woman’, but then again, I guess common sense and respect isn’t part of the job description for his line of work.
The Dragging. Oh, the sweet, sweet dragging!
Luckily, there is still a lot of sense, a great movement of intelligence within that nation that still sees the problem with someone requesting for a certain shade of black from an African nation. And in Lekki – Yoruba land as well, not even in the East where you’re more likely to bump into lighter skinned ladies:
Wow! I'm exhausted. I really don't have the energy to address this today. Perhaps tomorrow…just so tired. @optimummedias
— Ronke Lawal (@ronkelawal) July 6, 2016
people like you are the reasons why bleaching cream is a high commodity in the market this is racial black on black !
— P O D (@Evrybdyluv_Vito) July 6, 2016
keep your stupid 100k job if the requirement is 'light-skinned female'.
in NIGERIA, you need only light-skinned?!
— Kukogho I. Samson (@BrainyPoet) July 6, 2016
And the winner is….
Of course, the ‘male’ in question is deflecting, talmbout he’s not the one who specified, it’s not his job; it’s his client’s specifications. But how about you turn down work that denigrates your sisters, your cousins, your mother? Because from his profile picture, his mum was no oyinbo.
We need to do better so we can be better.
Also, we need to remember to not be a dick. Cos nobody likes a dick.
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