The Shaming of the Body
I fell like I am in an episode of the twilight zone where I keep having this reoccurring dream over and over again and I can’t wake up. Right now I cannot believe that we are still having a discussion about the image of the black women’s body especially when every nationality under the sun is attempting to create the curves that Serena Williams naturally posses. And what’s more amazing is the fact that this discussion includes Serena Williams who is not only is the greatest tennis player of all time but may well become the greatest female athlete of all time.
But if you know the history of this country, you will realize that the body image relationship between black and white has been taking place for the past 200 years. It started when Venus Hottentot landed on the shores of England and was shown-off as a freak on stage. Because of her extra large buttocks (steatopygia), Venus was paraded as the opposite of what a ‘normal’ Caucasian female was. She was ridiculed, despised, sexualized, and eventually imitated years later as European women begun wearing bustles to enhance their bottoms and corsets to make their waist smaller.
The irony of this admiration is that while the accentuation of the backside, waist and breasts had become an idealized form of sexual identity, the depiction of the Hottentot tribe was presented as masculine and promiscuous. Apparently, the physical types that represent the infinite diversity of the black female body is not appreciated when it’s born to a black women. Only white women who can emulate a black figure are appreciated.
But Serena Williams defies the logic of racism. You cannot categorize her body as hyper-sexual. You cannot put the stigma of inferiority upon her blackness. You cannot classify her body type as being primitive. and you definitely can’t say that Serena Williams looks like a man.
Because This is what a Man looks like:
AND THIS IS WHAT A GODDESS LOOKS LIKE.
It’s time we move beyond an environment that makes it OK for a Man to transform himself into a women (Transgender) but ridicules a black women for being a Black Woman.
SERENA WILLIAMS….THE DEFINITION OF A BLACK WOMAN