This post is from an African Muslim woman concerning the colorism in her faith community. As I was reading this post it reminded me of what occurs in many Black Christian churches in regards to romantic relationships. Sadly many “first ladies” in the Black church look a “certain” way. In the past some black churches would not allow you to join if you were darker than the wooden door. Though we want to ignore this issue we have to admit that even in houses of worship women are judge according to the society’s beauty myth.
by Onleilove Alston & Kari Morris (first published on Ecumenical Women at the U.N.)
Naomi Wolf author of The Beauty Myth discusses how images fueled by consumerism are used against women. Wolf points out that the beauty myth becomes harsher after times of political gain for women, thus distracting us from the cause of equality. As Ecclesiastes 1:9 states “their is nothing new under the sun” because in the Song of Songs (a.k.a. Song of Solomon) we can hear the protest of a woman who does not fit into her society’s beauty myth:
“I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon. “Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, For the sun has burned me.My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.” Continue reading