To be honest, when I started out researching this topic, I was pretty clueless and surprised at how prevalent skin bleaching is and is a continued practice in parts of the US, Africa, the Carribean, and Asia. Despite this practice, that is going back several hundred years, and the known physical, physiological and mental damages that can occur from the continued use of skin bleaching, it is still prevalent and in some cases seen as necessary in order for a woman to be considered of worth or value in her society.
I hope that after listening you gain some deeper insight into this unfortunate self-care practice and develop a level of understanding of what skin bleaching is and how the practice has been perpetuated and encouraged for so long, a certain level of empathy for understanding their why and lastly a hope that you will go out into your communities and begin to respect and revere in the uniqueness of all women no matter their looks or skin color and see that deep down, essentially we are all the same.
The Reality of Skin Bleaching and the Story Behind It
The Truth Behind Skin Bleaching: Slavery Origins, Harmful Side Effects
Dove, Real Beauty and the Racist History of Skin Whitening
Asia's Skin Whitening Craze
The Shocking Cancer Effects of Skin Bleaching
Why Black Woman in a Predominantly Black Culture Are Still Bleaching Their Skin
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