Women have allowed Society to dictate how we live, look and to an extent determine the choices we make. Around the globe, skin whitening is becoming more popular among women hoping to gain more likes on social media or be accepted by society who places higher prices on lighter complexions. Skin lightening has gone beyond women disliking their reflection in the mirror but different cultures have associated it with class, the lighter your skin the more opportunities you have to a good marriage, better education or better employment facility. It is now known that skin bleaching can lead to serious skin and health conditions which include: permanent skin bleaching, thinning of skin, uneven colour loss, leading to a blotchy appearance, redness and intense irritation, dark grey spots, skin cancer, acne, increase in appetite and weight gain.
Women are living in a society that is obsessed with perfection to an extent that they develop insecurities about their appearances, but it’s important to realize the disadvantages when those insecurities have gone too far. In my view, I somehow believe that men also contribute to the insecurities of women to a point, where they feel like changing their looks to meet the lustful taste of these men.
It is also no secret that most single and married men desire those flexible light-skinned ladies walking down the street and these men tend to lose focus when these ladies passed by.
It is a personal decision for both women and men to bleach their skin, however, I would like them to be able to access enough information to make up their minds safely on whether skin bleaching can really give them the lifestyle they want. Your complexion should never define how you are treated or your prospects in life. I am dark skinned but yet still happily married and blessed with two lovely children, I am also a graduate and a working class mum. I have resolved that neither the colour of my skin, nor my gender will limit me to fulfill my purpose here on earth.
Now, let us see how it make one feel who is not flattered for their dark skin toned or looked down on for their chubby body? Not ethical I guess! Black women also deserve to be reminded how beautiful and blessed dark-skinned people are. Let us celebrate the greater diversity of beauty by appreciating any black skin woman you know.