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Body Acceptance Monday: Black Women’s Asses, Cosmetic Surgery, and the Politics of Ambition

Sankofa Sista: a plus-sized, black woman superhero I created back in the day

I’ve just had a post published on the fab site Adios Barbie “the body image site for every body.”  My post deals with race, female ambition, and the pressure on women of color to change our bodies.  The post also includes the bonus poem “Eulogy for My Ass.”  Check it out here, or paste this link: http://www.adiosbarbie.com/2013/11/black-womens-asses-cosmetic-surgery-and-the-politics-of-ambition/

You might also enjoy an earlier body acceptance post on this same blog: Dear Media, Don’t Feel Bad That I Love My Body.

2 comments on “Body Acceptance Monday: Black Women’s Asses, Cosmetic Surgery, and the Politics of Ambition

  1. bellmk
    November 25, 2013

    Thanks for saying what we all feel every time somebody tells us we shouldn’t want a big bum, a big nose, or great hair….what are they going to tell us next? That we’d be sexier if we aged early, developed wrinkles and bags under our eyes, and our brittle nails were constantly breaking? I love my body!

  2. Da Realist 1
    November 26, 2013

    What a great poem! You have a great sense of humor/irony. I didn’t know that about Angela Bassett. Of course, we have the right to do whatever we want with our bodies. But to me it is so very sad. I felt the same way about Julie Chen. What a messed up world we live in.

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