Men, both straight and gay, have been dictating to society what are the acceptable and standards of beauty for women for… forever is probably appropriate.
Since the advent of print and televised media, Anglo Saxon/European looking women have been the prevailing standard of beauty. There have been some variations with slightly olive complexioned Italian, Spanish and Latin women replacing paler complexions, but the overall look of fairly thin, long, straight hair and Anglo or European features has been the standard for some time now. These standards have been difficult on the vast majority of the world’s population who, for obvious reasons, can never fit into that subjective and manufactured standard of beauty. For Women of Color, the obstacles have been more obvious and burdensome. READ MORE