Fair or dark skin - why does it matter...

@UK_Shree (3604)
December 2, 2008 4:32am CST
In many societies, there seems to be an importance on the lightness or fairness of someones skin colour, and in particular on a girl's skin colour. In Indian/Asian communities for example, beauty is often associated with how 'fair' a girl is. What do you all think of this - I'd be really interested in hearing your opinions.
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• New Zealand
3 Dec 08
I think that its just humans being human. I am an indian with brown skink living in New Zealand. My friends here, who have white skind are always out and about in the sun during the summer time n duing winter when there is no sun they go and get artificial tan. All my white friends here are always complementing me on how good I look nd especially how great my tan is. I remember when I was younger and living in Fiji, where my dark skin colourd friends would always be using all sorts of cream to get as fair as possible, while people returningom fiji are so proud of their tan. So that leads me to believe that these people are wanting to achive something that they probably never can. JUst like everything else, what we already have at the moment isn't enough.
@UK_Shree (3604)
3 Dec 08
Hi there, thanks for the post. I do see what you're saying, but I just feel sometimes that certain cultures place more emphasis than others on the importance of skin colour
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
2 Dec 08
I agree that Asians tend to like fairer skin. I have also heard that Europeans like tan or colored skins. I guess this makes people go from one place to the other. Cheers!!
@UK_Shree (3604)
2 Dec 08
Partly - but do you not think that the obsession that Asians have with fair skin is much greater than how Europeans feel about having a tan. I have never heard of a European person being discriminated against for not being dark enough!!
• Australia
2 Dec 08
For me, I don't care whether i have fair skin or tanned skin, it changes with the season and i dnt purposely use products to lighten or darken it. Right now it's summer where i live so my skin's getting more tanned. All that matters is it's mosturised and protected from the sun.
@UK_Shree (3604)
2 Dec 08
Thats a great attitdue to have. Would be cool if everyone thought along the same lines
@rainmark (4306)
2 Dec 08
Im an asian girl and even it says color doesn't matter but yes, it does to us and it really bothers some of the girls.Im tan and i really like to achieve a fair skin, because as asian we admire the hollywood actress and some idolize them and they wanted to be fair like them but in my case, i like to be fair because it more attractive and you got all confidence you want to wear whatever dress you like. My friends are realyl trying hard to have fair skin, but me i always go for natural way. Happy posting.
@UK_Shree (3604)
2 Dec 08
Hi Rainmark, Just out interest, how old are you? I am wondering if your opinion and desire to have fair skin will change with time.
• India
2 Dec 08
It should not matter. Unfortunately, it does. For example, one of my dark friends were sidelined for the main lead due to her dark color. Even dark girls, whatever professional degree they may hold, are judged similarly at the altar of marriage. In arranged marriages, fair beauty rules the roost even if the dowry is lesser.
@UK_Shree (3604)
2 Dec 08
I just think its amazing. Who decided that fair is better than not fair. In most things we all have preferences that are not alike. But when it comes to skin colour, there seems to be much discrimination against darker people and unfortunately it worse for females.
@anneshirley (1517)
• Philippines
2 Dec 08
I am a Filipina and beauty white products are very rampant here. While Americans go gaga over tanning machine, here, many ladies are wasting so much money just to achieve that white or fair complexion. I am gifted with a fair complexion but I do wish sometimes I have been whiter and I don't know the reason why. Maybe it is just one of the unique and very hard to understand characteristic of a human, "wanting something that we cannot have".