The Dark Body

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The bias society we live in often finds it necessary to hide the truth in order to maintain possession of a certain group. In the articles, “Hyper-sexuality of the Dark Body” by Siobhan Brooks and “We Don’t Sleep around like White Girls Do” by Yen Le Espiritu, the author exemplifies the theme of sexual oppression and how that has ruined the reputations and lives of colored women. The authors have taken their perspectives into account to show how much of a damage society has put them through. From this, both of the authors were able to exploit society of its crimes. It is beyond cruel to manipulate and tyrannized the weak based on their sexuality, let alone their individual rights to freedom. In the article, “Hyper-sexuality of the Dark Body,” …show more content…
In “Hyper-sexuality of the Dark Body,” Brooks portrayed the hardships of colored workers when it comes to achieving the same financial success as those who are White. The author emphasized on how society has found ways to degrade the reputations of minorities, even if their intentions are pure. Through observing their life-style, the author has concluded the egocentric desire of society to use these inferior beings for their personal gains. They will soon experience a sense of neglect once they were no longer useful. This theme transitions itself into “We Don’t Sleep around like White Girls Do.” Similar to the dancers, society has shamed these Asian women of being “slutty” and for exposing too much of their sexuality. In fact, this statement was proven to be false when a study showed that men would prefer Filipina women as wives because she would care for the family more than White women (Espiritu 422). Society has concealed the truths about these minorities in order to continue to oppress them. If one were to closely examine the situation, one could see that the exotic dancers are in this industry to gain financial stability, while the Filipina women tend to take their sexuality rather

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