As a black woman, I’m tired of being fetishized
June 12, 2017

As a black woman, I’m tired of being fetishized

My first boyfriend, a white man, would often laugh and tell me that his friends said he had “jungle fever” because he tended to gravitate towards black women.

It was my first experience learning the difference between men who appreciate the black female body and men who fetishize it.

I’d often seen awful things on the Internet, calling black women “ebony princesses,” “jungle queens,” “twerking trap queens,” and “big booty ladies.” I’d known that men talked like this online and perpetuated this culture since I was 12 years old. I’d just never experienced it in my personal life.

Women’s bodies in general are objectified and sexualized, but as Amandla Stenberg said in an Instagram post, black features are considered beautiful, while black women are not. So the full lips, natural hair, big bottoms, bodacious curves, and dark skin of many black women are considered unattractive on people who naturally have these features, but when white women appropriate or have those exact same features, they are considered beautiful. White women are paragons of virtue and desire, while black women are objects of fetishism and brutality.

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Story by Charlene Haparimwi