African American Women Literature Review

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Many authors, such as Morgan Saraya, Thamar Theodore, and Siji Jabbar, recognize the importance of studying the self-perceptions of African American women. They explore the reasons why African American women have low confidence in their appearance. The authors tied this problem to mass media and members within the African American community. Through their efforts, African American women have gained more confidence in themselves since the early 2000s, but the presence of Eurocentric beauty standards still impact African American’s mental and physical health. When African American women chemically straighten their hair, lighten their skin, or feel negative about their skin tone, it shows the negative effects of Eurocentric beauty on African American …show more content…
Through their work they focused on the reasons, but did not suggest reasons to improve African American’s low self-confidence. Through studying their works, the way to improve African American’s low self-confidence is to create a positive image of African American beauty in mass media. By showing younger African American women positive messages about natural hair textures and showing positive characteristics of women with darker skin in mass media, African American women will feel more positive about their appearance. Positive messages refer to showing African American women with darker skin or natural hair textures in high paying positions on television shows. African American women on television can also promote more diverse beauty standards by wearing their hair in natural hair styles. Natural hair styles for African American women involves keeping the curly hair they were born with and not using heat or chemicals to straighten their hair. These techniques will be more beneficial for the younger generation, but when older generations of African American women see women like them in a positive way in mass media, they will also feel better about themselves. With the younger generation, they will grow up in a more positive environment that will help them feel self-acceptance and the older generation will gradually realize their skin color was beautiful the way it is and as a community improve their mental and physical

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