Thursday, 9 September 2010

Venting my spleen..

I cannot be the only one who has noticed those Afro-Caribbean women, who when its summer, bare their bodies in (what I consider to be) the most inappropriate manner. Most often, these sistren are overweight and of the Caribbean variety. They sport varying numbers of gold teeth and all manner of bling on their necks, their wrists and ankles, with brightly coloured talons for fingernails and tattoos across their backs and sometimes around their navel. These women are brash and speak loudly in unintelligible patois with each other or into a phone, or to some leery-eyed-gold-toothed brother who is shuffling along beside them. Sometimes they are seen pushing a child in a pram, with a slightly older toddler in tow, struggling to keep up..

Of course I see the tattoos, but only because the women insist on exposing their lower torso by wearing an undersized blouse that stops just below the bosoms. Then down below the (usually fat and lumpy) exposed stomach flesh is another garment, which is obviously intended to cover their womanhood, but which almost invariably leaves the lower half of their buttocks exposed for all the world to see..

And all of the above besides, these damsels will often crown their apparel (or the lack thereof) with a blonde wig on the head, or with hair extensions which they insist must be blonde, or brown at the very best. I have yet to come across any record in the history of black-African peoples, where blond hair was considered at any time to be a thing of beauty. Can we visualise a Caucasian woman wearing a thick black Afro wig and how preposterous that would look?

The bottom line for me is that these women look ridiculous! It may be slightly surprising, but I do appreciate feminine beauty and especially when it is well put together with dignity, sophistication, elegance and modesty. Yes, to be modest is classy, and classy these women are not! That said, considering the number of them that I see with young children, there must be some heterosexual men out there who find these women attractive..


CodLiverOil said...

This phenomena is not new.

It is a popular look with girls in ragga videos, and some rap videos. So it probably stemmed from there.

Where I am, you get some young Liberian/Sierra Leonian girls who decide to dress like that in summer here (some even have prams in tow too). Even some young South Sudanese girls are adopting that manner, of course they aren't fat (but carry their trademark sleek body form). I did wonder would they be dressing this way if they were back at home...? They aren't, so no use in going down that path....

Even in Lagos now, some night fighters/ entertainers dress like that.

What about some black footballers who bleach their hair blond?

These days people do what they want, it's not worth developing high blood pressure over.

I like to think, it's the content of their character that counts, not their appearance. I guess it's a natural consequence of liberty.

Anengiyefa said...

Hello CodLiverOil,

Lol, its interesting that you think of it as a phenomenon. Oh, of course, its a free world and we're all free to do as we please. So surely, the same same freedoms apply to those of us who have something to say, especially when what we choose to talk about is something that annoys/irritates us as much as these women do me..

I think of black womanhood as being dignified and proud. This is the impression that my mother and other women in my life caused me to have. Women are to be respected and honoured, but what the kind of woman we're talking about here represents is very far from dignified..

I think they present inappropriate role models to the young children around them and their behaviour is borne essentially from lack of belief in themselves, which in turn might be derived from limited education and the environment in which they developed..

laBiscuitnapper said...

Oh dear, I feel another blog post coming along. This is someting I feel really strongly about too, especially because it seems to be symptom of black women 'dropping out' of society.

I say this because I was brought up to look as neat and modest as possible to sort of 'out middle class' the middle class people around us and thus be less of a target for open racism. It's a tactic shared by many women from the pre-independence and immediate post-independence days, not to mention African-American women of all classes post abolition of slavery to the Civil Rights era. As if we have things so easy now, it seems we've given up on a chance of respectability.

But on the other hand, that could just be me being shallow and judgemental... :(