Lets Stop Fetishizing Black Women
Fetishizing. Most men do this to women; making them feel more like sexual objects, less like human. And Black women have been victims of this.
Well someone decided to speak about it; Minnesota-based slam poet Alessandria Rhines.
The thing is, when one fetishizes another because of their race, its not cute; its not a compliment. And the thing that makes fetishizing wrong is that its dehumanizing because clearly, the person with a fetish isn't really interested in an equal relationship.
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In her piece, she starts off with the definition of "Fetish": "An inanimate object worshiped for its supposed magical powers or because it is thought to be inhabited by a spirit." And brilliant is all I can call her piece. She also talks about the kind of men who literally "try a new shade of woman for the week like a fur coat you can't afford, and eventually return."
She finishes off with...
"Don't pat my hair. Don't touch my skin and call it chocolate or caramel or mocha or 'body bangin' like butta'... I am not your experiment. Your diversity quota. Your cultural trophy... Sometimes this skin aches for more. Reassurance that it's worth something, that every inch is worth more than the spread of these hips or how it lays in a body bag. Fetishes are for the fools who can't tell the original from the copy. I am neither, for I am, the truth."
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