The fixation of the world on the black man is so large at times that it’s easy to forget that the black woman is equally desired by those other than her own race.
A club; few nights back; as my friend and I rested our backs against the bar, our attention was instantly caught by two dark-skinned girls as they sauntered towards the DJ booth. My friend and I were identical in our drooling expression; but our difference lay in skin colour; I’m black; he’s white. This moment-of-attraction was instantly recalled when asked to discuss why other races find black women attractive. I recall thinking the exact same question as I noticed the lust of my friend towards these chocolate beauties. As a non black, what made him desire these girls? The fixation of the world on the black man is so large at times that it’s easy to forget that the black woman is equally desired by those other than her own race. I believe this attraction surmounts to the following:
Firstly, the black woman is desired as an exotic creature; her beauty is beguiling. She is the other; the phrase ‘opposites attract’ instantly comes to mind. Just like white male photographer in Wole Soyinka’s play ‘The Lion and the Jewel’, other races see the black woman as a mystical creature that they want to capture; both artistically and sexually. The black woman is seen as a creature that other races even feel sometimes too inferior to approach. I remember later discussing those two black girls with my friend; and after telling him to go chat with them, he told me that they would never be into a ‘skinny white boy’ and that they would judge his appendage against the endowments of their male counterparts.
In addition, the black woman’s strength has always been a catalyst in other races seeing her as attractive. Joseph Conrad expressed this attraction for the black female warrior in heart of darkness "She was savage and superb, wild-eyed and magnificent; there was something ominous and stately in her deliberate progress”. But this perception of strength has been perverted throughout history by the view of the black woman as beast-like; as a wild and man-like beauty that needs to be tamed; a wild beauty whose insatiable appetite needs to be met (this was indeed the excuse slave owners used for their continual rape of female slaves). In modern times, black girls are stereotypically seen as the ‘Angry black woman’ and her attitude seems to fuel the desire of non black who want to rise up to the challenge to tame her attitude and appropriate her.
Through the bombardment of black female images in the media, non blacks have been forced to see the black women as the new standard beauty; a beauty that white women are having to catch-up with
The attraction to the black woman is also closely linked to her body. Black women are often endowed with large a posterior which instantly draws the attention and sexual attraction from other races. In recent years, this has been at the detriment of black woman; who seem to be identifies by their ‘booty’ as opposed to the features of their mind or even face. Saartjie Bartman is evident that things never seem to change. And on the note of the black female as a circus freak, celebrity has had a large part to play with the attraction to black women from other races.
The black female celebrity – even though she’s often had to adapt herself to fit the European ideals – has become the new standard of beauty through her dominance in all areas of the entertainment industry, All you need to do is turn on the television and see the bombardment of Beyonce fever; or see young Filipino boys goggling over Nicki Minaj’s assets. Through the bombardment of black female images in the media, non blacks have been forced to see the black women as the new standard beauty; a beauty that white women are having to catch-up with: hence the surge of lip and butt injections.
The black woman has been desired by other races throughout history, and it seems that this attraction will continue to grow. I only hope that the reason will change. As I’m writing this conclusion, I can see my young sister peripherally as she watches television, and I can’t help but hope that she’ll be seen as desirable for her mind and achievements; and not just the body she will eventually develop as a beautiful black woman.
Words: Alexander Aplerku
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