Black People : African Beauty Contest for "Large Women"

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  1. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I thought this might generate some interesting discussion. It has been a standard in the African American community to appreciate the beauty of women who are larger than was is considered to be the "normal" weight. Indeed the "European Ideal" of beauty, that of an extremely thin woman, has often be rejected by Black Men. However recent discussions about health and diet have brought increased criticism on Black Women who are larger than they are suppose to be according to medical charts. Despite this newfound criticism, many (arguably most) Black Men continue to be attracted to larger women. Apparently this attraction might extend further than anyone realizes. In many African cultures large women are thought to be the standard of beauty. Indeed in one country (Burkina Faso) a beauty contest is held for large women. Here is a link to an article on the subject:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4098585.stm
     
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    i have always enjoyed women who were slim and toned, usually athletic.
    i don't feel this makes me european or having a "European Ideal".

    i also know how to speak the english language.
    this does not make me "white" or desiring to be white.

    i think you enter onto a slippery slope when you start judging my "blackness" by how much i like pork chops.

    please find a way to articulate your point without questioning my "blackness".
     
  3. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You know brother James I've read my original post 3 times, and I still don't see where I questioned your "Blackness"!
     
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    jamesfrmphilly going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    me and my little skinny girl friend are sensitive on that subject.
     
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    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I was trying to start a dialog, not offend you or your girlfriend!
     
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    jamesfrmphilly going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    OK, OK, we're not offended, go for it.
     
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    That's great because big girls are beautiful too but it would have been really cool if thin and "regular" size girls weren't exlcuded.
    But it's still great there are pagents all over the world for skinny girls.
    Now a pagent for skinny men, that would be a riot. :D

    interesting article though.
    "Thin women are for whites," said Issa, a 47-year-old electrician.
    "In Africa, if a woman is large, it means her husband is looking after her."
    "If I had a large girlfriend, she might break my motor scooter."


    OT. I remember seeing this program about african(forget what county) men gaining weight to win some contest. They ate so much grain and milk, one dude stomach burst or something and he died. That was really disgusting. :puke:
     
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    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    What I wanted to express with this article, is that women who do not fall under the "accepted" standard of beauty (thin), are often celebrated in other places. I also wanted to show that there is a definate history & cultural affiliation to many black men finding larger women attractive. This was in no way an attack on men who like thin women, nor does it diminish concerns about health. It does show that the "umbrella" of beauty is wider than media tries to dictate!
     
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    I say RIGHT ON to this right here!!. Finally, someone is thinking outside The Box!. Thin or Skinny Women have been put on the Pedestal for some time now- it's about time that someone REALLY recognizes that Hey- Big Gals' need Love Too!.
     
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    I think individuals need to start looking inside themselves and how they are or have been influenced by so many superficial constructs. Again, why feel the need to judge someone by any particular standard or characteristic then deem them as acceptable or unacceptable as human beings? Why commercialize traits and set them apart when compared to anyone else?

    Personal preferences are so subjective depending on the way individuals feel about certain things. Fat, thin, black, white, large breasts, small breasts, one leg, two legs....and on and on.... Why do we objectify ourselves particularly in a world and at a time when so many more important issues need our attention. If you like me fine, if you don't, oh well...just don't try and impede my ability or make it impossible for me to achieve my personal dreams because of who I am or what I represent to you. Is that too much to ask?

    Queenie :spinstar:
     
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