Skip to Content. Lee is a middle class white male with no black female friends, rare interactions with black families growing up, and who states his interactions with black women only consist of work-related experiences. Yet, he expresses strong negative views of black women as unattractive and uneducated as the first thoughts that come to his mind. This quote by Lee and several other white m ale respondents in this essay dispute notions that only a few highly identifiable, old, deep-south bigots hold strong deep seated racialized views of black women. These expressions by white male respondents are indicative of the consistent exclusion of black women as relationship partners by white men, and representative of a powerful mental processing at play that goes beyond the limited language of stereotype. Census data and interracial dating studies show a longstanding persistent trend of black women as an excluded heterosexual relationship partner for white men and other men of color Quian and Litcher ; Phua and Koffman ; Yancey
So by all means, gentlemen, go forth and ignore society's small-minded trivialities. The first question most strangers ask me is "How tall are you? First off: Yes, I have. Which makes me weird. The average woman is eight percent shorter than her male partner.
The studies listed in the section of the book are dated back to the s, and here we are in the year of and these same ideals are still true today. The part of the text that spoke to me was the section on body ideals in relation to age, social class, ethnicity, and sexuality. She addresses the body ideals in relation to ethnicity by looking at a study held by Harris et al. Harris found that obese African American women had a more positive body image.
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