Benefits of dark skin

Philippines
January 31, 2012 1:21am CST
Benefits of dark skin I've turned chocolate brown in my 2 days of surveying the lands my grandfather is turning over to his kids and grandchildren. In the Philippines, having dark skin is looked down upon by the so called "elite class". I somehow like it. You see, having dark skin has it's benefits. It makes you less prone to skin cancer and is very handy at night when you're hunting. I blend into the shadows quite easily. It's also been very helpful in airsoft battles where I usually am the sniper. That's my 2 cents on dark skin. What about you? Do you like the color of your skin?
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@kedves (728)
31 Jan 12
what has always amazed me is that these racists spend their time denigrating us for the colour of our skin, then as soon as the sun comes out they are sunbathing trying to get a tan and look like us :) weird people eh :):):)
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• Philippines
31 Jan 12
good point. That's true!
• Philippines
31 Jan 12
I've heard from a Caucasian friend that it's sort of a status symbol for them to be able to go to the beach and go sunbathing. I heard that the longer you go for a vacation, the richer people will think about it that you can afford to go to a vacation or something like that. Is that true though?
@kedves (728)
31 Jan 12
no that is rubbish. they go to sun bathe because they think it makes them look better .. so that is why my earlier statement.. why knock us then try to look like us ;)
@WakeUpKitty (8709)
• Netherlands
31 Jan 12
Everywhere people look down on a dark or black skin. Not only in the Phillipines. Even black people do. My granny was a great example of that. Although she had a dark skin she was still talking about dirty black ones. My father is black, my mother is white and I am born in the so called sooo tolerant country called: the Netherlands. I can tell you nobody accepts you I had a terrible childhood because of the colour of my skin. I still can remember the day I saw my dad through the eyes of white people. Quite a shock. I think it's disgusting how white people can find themselves better as black people (according to my 6 year old daughter these people are not even black but brown!), even made them believe it's better to be white. I like the colour of my skin (I look way better as all those pale people together) and i also like the colour of my husband's skin (yes he is black, and yes he is suffering too about the colour of his skin and trying to make it look less black). My kids don't care about the colour of the skin or people looking different. They don't see the difference. Yesterday my (very white) son showed a pic of his (new black) dad to a schoolmate. And he was very proud of him! And he was not asked how his dad can be black at all! Normal is what you find normal, not what others say that should be normal or acceptable.
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• Philippines
31 Jan 12
EXACTLY! It's what's inside the person that makes the person worth loving and understanding. I would say that I love my dark skin! I am a Filipino and I'm proud of who I am. I know that there are many around the world who may think that they're better, but I'll respect that if they are also worth my respect. We are born unique and we have different personalities so what I was always reminded was 'DO NOT DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU DON'T WANT OTHERS TO DO UNTO YOU.
@Theresaaiza (10411)
• Australia
31 Jan 12
One time I read a topic posted here of a woman who was dying to be tan, and then subsequently I came across a topic of a Filipina asking about which whitening product is the best. You see, most of us despise our skin having been made to believe that white is beautiful. But somewhere out there, other people would do anything just to have our skin.
@kedves (728)
31 Jan 12
is it they despise their skin or are they being bullied into thinking they are inferior class of people for being darker skin ? they do not despise their colour what they despise is being bullied and are trying to fit in so they are not abused mentally or physically .. being made to feel inferior can become an illness like people who have anorexia etc so i feel saddened when people try anything to change from who they are because generally it is due to pressure form others ...
@Theresaaiza (10411)
• Australia
31 Jan 12
hi kedves, that is a much better explanation.
@kedves (728)
31 Jan 12
thanks Theresa :)
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
1 Feb 12
I don't mind about having darker skin, but my skin was a bit dark after sunburn, and turn back to brighter color when the dark skin got peeled off. Oh well, we all are proud to be who we are, it doesn't matter whether your skin is white, black or yellow. We all living in harmony in this Earth right?
@clrmoney (41)
• United States
31 Jan 12
well i neutral on this topic but i would like to be like a honey or caramel color.
@yahnee (1250)
• Philippines
31 Jan 12
I like my dark skin color which they call in the vernacular as "kayumanggi" and have never been insecure about it. Filipinas try their best to have the fair complexion that Westerners have while those who have the fair color try to make their complexion dark with the use of the highly expensive tanning machines. People just never seem to be contented with what they are and how they look. Dark people look nice especially when they try to keep their skin smooth and free from blemishes and scars.
@tatzkie23 (773)
• Philippines
31 Jan 12
hi there! LOL, You'd still found some benefits from dark skin huh? well, actually that is true. It's funny when you said, you can blend into the shadow, that's cool. LOL. And you're playing airsoft too? That's a great sports. I also live here in the philippines, and i also have dark/ or maybe brown skin, And i don't mind. I don't care if i have brown skin, as long as it's healthy. About being looked down by elite class, well, those people are just stupid or something. Yes, i'm proud of my color, and i love it.
@SarahAlyx (181)
• United States
31 Jan 12
Haha yes I like the color of my skin, it gets quite dark in the summer time and lighter in the winter and I love it. It's never too dark or never too light. That's very interesting how they look down upon having a different color of skin. Haha bet it makes you kinda feel like a bit of a rebel eh? :]