Okay, I’m writing this under the influence of a lot of beer, so I really hope it make sense! (don’t judge me, look how happy I am with a beer)… (plus, my tits look bigger)
Today I went to my “beloved” university and after being stuck in a neighborhood, where the only surroundings are people with kids, it was a fresh air, prancing down the streets full of young students, with the shortest skirts possible, and high heels that break little tows. As usual, most of the girls had tan, but not just your usual healthy suntan- the carrot kind of tan! In my country, beauty is associated with tanned, smooth bodies. I myself have been a victim of this so called trend, baking under the sun on my balcony (remove from oven when reached a red crisped glow) until I eventually collapse from the scorching heat. This moronic treatment is kind of embarrassing, but back then it didn’t feel stupid, after all, boys dig that shit ya know!
And as I watched girls passed by (and they taught I was a lesbian, then I saw a girl with the same dress as mine and we kind of awkwardly smiled at each other but that’s another topic) I wondered why being orange is considered healthy and sexy in here.
We all know that some physical features are considered attractive in different cultures and ethnic groups, and unattractive in others. Most skin tones attractiveness have originated throughout the centuries creating a final result of some cultures preferring whiter complexion and others (western in particular) – tanned, radiant bodies.
Perception of beauty in general, is related to our perception of what is healthy, what is youthful and what is supposed to indicate fruitfulness. In Europe, whiter skin has been an indication of wealth, while tanned, redder tone has been regarded as a feature only poor people possessed, because of their work under the sun.
Now, there is a huge transition in our preference of skin tone. Now, we consider tanned to be fashionable, healthy and a sign of higher social status. Woman all over the world are shown images of crispy, dark, glowing, skinny bodies walking down the isle in tiny (unfortunately not tiny enough to show vagina) bathing suits. Nothing wrong with that, but if you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve turned into a walking, huge carrot even in winter, maybe it’s time to take a break and wait for the next summer vacation. A friend of mine said to me, that being dark is addictive. You just can’t have enough, you keep searching for that little white spot that will ruin your whole body and when you’ve found it, you damn make sure you tan the fuck out of it.
The problem is not just tanning, woman have been enduring all sorts of whitening techniques too. Just to feel pretty, just so they can fit in. If you’re interested you can read this article http://allhue.net/world-news/indias-skin-whitening-market-booming.html.
Our perception of beauty is really nothing more than artificially created preferences, through centuries, generated by our ancestor’s understanding of life and nature. It’s NOT a big deal, so why do girls keep trying and trying and trying to fit in. I had a few people already say to me that my white skin is disgusting, to go in a tan salon. Well fuck you, I’m not going to sweat to death under the sun, just so you can feel better looking at my chicken mc’nuggety skin! I wanna be cheese!
How about you? Do you tan, do you do it for yourself or for someone else, do you like whiter or darker complexions?
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