Conclusion: Decolonizing Skin: Do Black People Have an Ethical Obligation Not to Bleach?

  • Shirley Anne Tate


The conclusion decolonizes the racialized gender political, and libidinal economies of skin by asking, Can Black people construct skin colour tastes for Black bodies, rather than having such tastes always rooted in white supremacy? What would happen if those who are a negative aesthetic space occupy that space? What can be done to resist fetishistic objectification but also rank darker and lighter skin colour equally? Can affective orientation be shaped to favour all skin colours being of equal aesthetic value, and to transform skin colour taste by habitually thinking and acting on this premise? If skin colour taste resists rational persuasion and is also attached to negative and positive affect, how can the negative orientation towards Black darker skin be changed?


Black Woman Skin Colour Black Body Black People Dark Skin 
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© Shirley Anne Tate 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shirley Anne Tate
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  1. 1.University of LeedsUK

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