Skin Color...

@Chadanne (253)
Philippines
May 3, 2007 4:46am CST
Hello my fellow Filipinos! Isn's it stupid that people in this country cares much about skin color? I mean, why do majority of Filipinos judge a person by his/her skin color? They label people as "maitim" or "maputi" and consider "maputi" as superior? Ain't that stupid? Majority of us Filipinos have this mentality that those people who have such a white skin are considered to be worthier than others with a darker complection. Man, this country is being sicker everyday. Do you agree?
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18 responses
• Philippines
3 May 07
it is because of the colonial mentality that we Filipinos have. we were conquered the by Spanish people who first introduced us the fact that we are brown while they are white therefore making us their slaves. that was also what happened during the American and Japanese periods here in our country. were made to be slaves of white people which resulted to our reverence to white people as superior.
• Philippines
3 May 07
i am a typical 'morena' and somehow i did suffer insecurities because most of my friends are fairer than me. they get to be noticed by the boys more easily than me. i got over that now thank God! i am proud of skin color and i don't wan to be any whiter than my current color
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@gbaben (509)
• Russian Federation
3 May 07
If there could be such a great discrimination between the so call white man in the same country that shows that black man will face a lot of discimination in that environment.
@kclaret59 (587)
• Philippines
3 May 07
yeah i think so too.. maybe that is the reason why most beauty products are focusedon turning the skin whiter.. and sad to say, im not fond of them.. ehehe.. i love my skin as it is... just fairly brown..
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@galatea (687)
• Philippines
3 May 07
There is a socio-psychological reason to this phenomenon. Our colonizers have all been light skinned and among other things we are still wont to look up on them and desire their qualities because by doing so we may be placed within their ranks, as brown-skinned lcoals have been labeled as second-class citizens. In recent times, this idea that fair skin is superior is propagated by popular media. Dark-skinned people are cast in the funnies while fair0skinnes celebs get top billing. It is not sick to wish to have fairer complexion, what is sick is to think that being dark, or brown-skinned predisposes a person to a lower stature in society. Cheers!
@tombiz (2039)
• Philippines
3 May 07
This mentality is something we should really change. We should learn to appreciate the value of our national skin color. If other nationalities wanted to be tan, we should be happy it does not cost us to be brown. But instead we use so much money just to get white. No wonder whitening products are raking in miilions of profits capitalizing on this stupid mentality. Good news actually for cosmetics manufacturer but a very stupid mentality.
• Philippines
3 May 07
I really hate white skin complexion because you look malnourished, you look like you haven't had a single step out of your house. I like our skin color because its a sign that were Healthy and hardworking, especially for farmers who are in the sun the whole day, our color really gives a lot of idea about our lifestyle. They may look down of us but as a filipino we should be proud that our skin color is a very unique thing.
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@ozzydee70 (465)
• Germany
3 May 07
i agree with you that some people find the mapuputi or metiza superior and some even thought that they are rich. and maiitim or morena is always underdog. Whitening lotion and other products of such is very popular in our country because most people want to be with fair skin. Kabaligtaran in other countries specially in europe that as soon as summer begun keven the wind still cold they'll go out to sunbath or they'll just go to have tan in sunbed ( and sunbed is expensive here huh)
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@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
3 May 07
I guess its a common phenomenon around the world men are discriminating one another. If you go to other countries you would notice same attitude and behaviour so its not a local thingy that is identifiable to Filipinos. We got that with those that colonized as so we could not do much about it right now. I guess the only thing you could do is try to be proud what color you have in your skin and don't think superiorly or inferiorly with what you've got. The more you think this country is getting sicker the more it will become. So I suggest do something positive for your country and it might get better.
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@RookRocks (384)
• Philippines
5 May 07
Well, not really. Actually, filipinos are one of the most tolerant people in the world. Look at how we accept gays and lesbians. True we discriminate, but it is mostly limited to jests and preferences. We don't go violent or outright insulting. In our case, we just make fun of those "maitim." But they're not the only targets of our humor. Indians, arabians, tsinoys and americans are also subjects of fun.
@sirus14 (97)
• Taiwan
5 May 07
Do we, that much? I dont think so..Then maybe those people are primates. They go back to the past where the whites dicriminate the black. Maybe that's rather preference. I prefer light skin, because it's fairer to look at.anfd many times, a person looks better if he get white skin.But some things are more beautiful if natural.Look at Michael Jackson. He looks like a ghost chnaging the color of his skin, and he looks scary changing everything in his body.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
4 May 07
We should be proud of our asian tan colour. We need not go sunbathing to get that most sought after tan colour that westerners do.Most people go to the extent of bleaching their skin to get that fair complextion. I don't think is worth it. Even the cosmatics industry is labelling their products 'triple withening cream' just to cater for the white skin craze among the asians. We should have a slogan 'Dark is beautiful'.
@kikisam (38)
• China
4 May 07
it's a little sad that hear that problem. actually .as far as i am concern. all the people are borned equal . no matter what color .black or white is not the issue . i also hope that one day people really couldn't jude a person by his skin .it's unfair..all the people should do some positive to enhance your reputation.....
• United States
4 May 07
I thought that the USA was the only country with this problem, but it seems like I am hearing this from a lot of countries. Britian, France, Italy, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, Mexico, and a lot of places have this problem.
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
4 May 07
I am not Filipono (I'm Irish) so I hope you don't mind me responding to this. I am white/Caucasian and think that dark guys are cute to be honest...blond guys don't do it for me at all.
@dianagnes (1088)
• Singapore
4 May 07
Oh really,now then i know that filipinos label people as that and that!That's why i also have seen that those artist from philippine,most of them have fairer complexion.They are popular.But i know all people are the same,i dont judge people by their skin colour.
@yojspew (171)
• Philippines
3 May 07
This is a very common scenario here in the Philippines. Filipinos are discriminating their own race because of skin color. Girls and even guys are obsessed with skin whiteners and bleaching creams. They are willing to pay a fortune on these whitening products. That's why beauty industry in the Philippines is a booming industry nowadays. I just hope we, Filipinos, become proud of ourselves before it's all too late.
• Malaysia
3 May 07
haha.. i agree with you. it's a total discrimination!!!.. that's why i don't like to be dark skin.. but i am.. too bad.. haha.. luckily i'm not filipinos.. i do know there are discrimination going on there.. but i didn't it was that serious.. i thought things resolved a little since i heard of that discrimination long ago.. but i think discrimination happens everywhere.. and you shouldn't just think this happens on filipinos.. we do share the same fate....haha..i think it's just somekind of misconception.. hehe =)
• United States
3 May 07
I'm white, and I find it fascinating that there is such discrimination within darker skinned cultures. Actually, there's similar discrimination within white cultures too -- for instance Spanish people are not considered "white" by most caucasians, and the Skandinavian type (Blond, blue-eyed) is the desired coloring. Personally, I have hispanic/indian coloring(I'm American of Irish/German descent) and am passed over for pale faced blonds all the time! Their loss! ;-) I have always thought the different skin colors fascinating and beautiful. Variety is the spice of life!! How many more generations do you think it will take before this kind of discrimination will be gone? Will it ever? It's just such a waste of time and possibilities!