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Monday, July 13, 2015

The case of Serena Williams and the body shaming of black women

The moment two black girls in white beads took over the tennis world, I was a Serena Williams fan. I love Venus too, but Serena is the younger sister and I can relate.
When you hear the word curvy, if you don't think of Serena, something ain't right in your head.

But after Serena's latest Wimbledon title all we hear about is her body is too manly and other (white) tennis players don't want to look like her. 
Williams, who will be vying for the Wimbledon title against GarbiƱe Muguruza on Saturday, has large biceps and a mold-breaking muscular frame, which packs the power and athleticism that have dominated women’s tennis for years. Her rivals could try to emulate her physique, but most of them choose not to.

It's OK, because not only can they not look like Serena, they can't play like her either. 21 grand-slam singles titles and her fourth in a row, the problem isn't Serena's muscles, it's her dominance. People still can't get over this black woman from Compton winning on the court and in life. 
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Serena Williams and Misty Copeland are the faces of their respective professions in the United States.
Williams is the face of American tennis (men’s and women’s), while Copeland is the face of American ballet. Both came from humble beginnings in California. Both took unique paths into their professions. Both faced historical, racial and occupational obstacles. Both have dealt with negative commentary about their anatomies.
And both have overcome every challenge along the way to reach the pinnacle of their vocations. In traditionally white professions. 

And the assets of black women don't become assets until they are on a woman of another color. Kim Kardashian, anyone?
Big butts became the thing when Jennifer Lopez burst on the scene. But shapely black women had been belittled because of their behinds for years.

In her classic 1984 book, When and Where I Enter - The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America, Professor Paula Giddings argues that these “negative images of Black women had always made them vulnerable to sexual assault”. She cites the work of Philip A Bruce, a historian and son of a plantation owner who published The Plantation Negro as a Freeman in 1889. He wrote that black women who saw no “immorality in doing what nature prompts” were to blame for their own denigration. He also noted the “wantonness” of black women. ——The Guardian

I'm sure the wonderful Serena Williams is unbothered by this bull, but I am bothered. I'm fed up. I'm pissed off!
Either the media is saying black women are obese or manly. Hell, they talk about First Lady Michelle Obama because she wants to get kids moving and her arms have definition. And it's not just white folks.
Fat ass Jason Whitlock has the greasy covered gall to call Serena fat. Sir, have you looked in the mirror and stepped on a scale? How about this — you and the horse you rode in on.
Serena is flawless and if you don't like it, that's your issue!

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