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different shades of gray

Posted on 13 November 2006 by Liza Mae V.

I just had a quick thought about the colour of my skin. I can be a light-skinned filipino during the winter seasons, then when I go on vacation under the sun, I become a tanned dark filipino. Though, it doesn’t bother me which colour I am, it seems to matter to people back home. The lighter-skinned filipino’s are more attractive at the island. It still boggles my mind why every race, besides white, make a big deal about their shades of colour. It is like everyone who is not white, want to be closer to that shade, and everyone who is white, want to be darker. Though it is not as applicable here then the island, but it still exists.

Light-skinned/dark-skinned Black, light-skinned /dark-skinned Indian, light-skinned/dark-skinned Latino, etc.

Why does this exist? Does it really matter? I mean, many complain about the White people, when those very people come into my workplace and ask me where the skin lightening cream is located. I just don’t understand this society.

I come from a family where my parents are fine with me dating someone lighter-skinned than me, but they are not fine with me dating anyone darker than I. Well they are trying to accept it but at first it was a struggle to get their approval, and some other family are still not comfortable with it, but I truly do not care. The only care is for my happiness, though it sacrifices other’s happiness. In the end of the day, my happiness is what I have to live with.

In black and white photos, we are all the same colour with different shades of gray.


Liza Mae V.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. como_agua Says:

    For Asian people I think the preference for light skin color is from that old higher class generalization (Poor people have darker skin because they have to labor outdoors). I know a lot of Asian mothers (mine included) who discouraged their daughters from playing in the sun for too long… It’s a shame

    Of course, a lot of the desire for lighter skin in various cultures has to do with the Western standard of beauty

    I’m just trying to be one color, whatever it may be–tired of having a light face, caramel arms, and an intermediate shade for the rest of my body. My tans are uneven and last for a long time lol

    BTW this is Audrey (a_le). Made a new journal

  2. roncorleone Says:

    true blog… we will never know.

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