MENU

Butt-Naked While Brown: Black Females, Normalcy and Taboo [NSFW]

Share with your friends










Submit

Does Black Skin Equal Dirty? I ask that question after an exchange on the front porch (Facebook) that occurred after I posted the link to my Tumblr blog since I’ve made the decision to stop separating my writing platforms.

My Tumblr, titled, My Blood Shot Eyes, contains images that I think are interesting; some of which are of nudity. Admittedly, some of those images are of blatant nudity, however, never did I expect that a person would view my posting and consider it to be obscene.

As a matter of fact, I was confused by a statement made by the ultra-positive sister girl who shall remain nameless. The names and identities of the actors in this crime reenactment have been changed to protect the innocent.

 

Okay. Did you see the part about ‘I saw alot of PORN on there’? Yeah, now you go and click this link and come back and when you do, I want you to tell me if what you see is “Porn” or not.

True, there are pictures on my site of naked ass people such as this young girl right here who goes by the name of Couragous-X (with 1,900+ re-posts) whose post on Tumblr went like this

I understand the results of this post after this is published. This may gain respect or lose it. Then again, I really don’t care. You can judge me all you want, and I’ll be fine. There’s no editing of this photo, just an imperfection and a word. Accept. To understand or agree. I agree that I don’t live up to a standard of Society’s perfection; that I do not have a skinny waist or the idea of a perfect body. I agree that I am different, but that’s okay with me. For years, months, weeks, days, and minutes – my thoughts would always repress to the memories where I would get made fun of because of my weight. Tears would stream down my face and the question would always ask: “Why am I not happy with myself?” The answer? I didn’t accept myself. I didn’t accept the fact that I was unique, not just by looks but by heart. There’s a purpose on why I’m the person that I’m today. I have many faults, too many to count. However, there’s a new day ahead of me and I will walk in stride that I am a beautiful young woman. There are many young men and women such as myself whose having a hard time, don’t feel alone about it. God created you out an image – HIS image. Remember that you are beautiful. Not just beautiful in a certain area, but by every inch of you. And your beauty is not defined in words, or the media, or the scale, or by pain; your beauty is indescribable. Embrace it. Accept.

 

I specifically chose to post tasteful images of nude Brown women to satisfy a purpose. Up until recently there hasn’t been much visual contribution to popular culture that uses the Brown woman as a subject. The message we receive when we do not see ourselves in the world around us is that we are don’t exist.

We learn that Brown skin isn’t worthy of exhibition.

Brown skin is shameful.

Brown skin isn’t desirable.

Brown skin should be forgotten.

Many time if there is a woman of color involved in a pictorial project she will be of the lighter hue. I don’t have a problem with that since I am of the lighter hue and how can I complain when I am being represented in main stream media, however, I do realize that it is difficult to find tasteful artistic images of Brown women as being simply human.

Butt naked and brownImage Via Link

All too often, any inkling of nudity demonstrated by a Brown women turns the colored folks modesty hounds loose and the town suddenly condemns her to morality death.

It would be unfair of me not to note the affects of slavery, and the generational influence of religion on matters of female chaste and the ‘white man’s’ systematic ‘raping’ of the Black women, because that’s all very real.

It is unfortunate and detrimental that these issues still affect Brown people and their self perception and tolerance for matter of sexuality and the female body. Without taking our own feelings into consideration we are still owned by White Western culture.

There are many Brown people that look onto the Brown female body and all they can think of is the White men’s lust.

Our own men have been left out of the conversation. If you believe that all instances of nudity are wrong and evil then what you are saying is that Brown skin is only revealed at the request, influence, exploitative, or compensated opportunity created by a White culture.

There are many Brown women who feel they aren’t allowed the respect and self ownership that is needed to choose to be human and nude by the condemning society we live in.

nudity, Iman, black, woman, sexuality, model, modesty, sexuality, shame,

White men do love them some Black ass, usually greasy, spread on a glossy page of a Black Tail magazine. We know this, but what is to be said about the lack of Black nudity, how do we develop our perceptions of ourselves through art that helps us to accept our bodies as human?

As beautiful

NORMAL

What is to be said of the anonymous Black and Brown smut pictures taken in a moment of intimacy between Black, Brown, or Tan lovers who are reveling in the beauty of their own bodies? Sex captured in digital form to observe and critique at a later date. To be shown to the world. To be saved in secret and never spoken of again.

Where’s the harm in the act of exhibitionism of the Brown body? Does it not show Black and Brown self determinism, expression and security in their bodies?

Catori: Image Via Link

To many Brown folks, nudity is synonymous with personal and collective disgrace. Black nudity represents so many painful things; rape, exploitation, ownership and fetishism. All of these are a side effect of our past living condition in this county. Therefore, Black self perception and acceptance as a product of our own creation is very much a new concept to us.

If you were to Google the phrase “fine arts nude African American” you won’t find a more than a handful of mediocre sites that cater to the African American demographic. The argument can be made that we don’t need any further ‘naked black ass’ on display and there’s Black smut in abundance.

I agree, but what we are missing is our own narration of sexuality captured through art and images. What Brown culture is missing is art created by and for people of color that is of the quality to add to the conversation of art.

I think the lack of Black and Brown bodies in pop culture and art has allowed the old archetype of the Jezebel to exist for far to long. I know Brown women can be many things, none of which can be reduced by her choice to be proud, and comfortable enough in her own body that she may show it off. Brown women help other Brown women when do as they choose.

The world won’t come to an end.

She won’t be dammed to Hell.

A nude Brown breast is and is not necessarily a political statement.

A naked Brown woman isn’t pornographic or dirty.

Sometimes, a naked Brown breast is simply a work of art.

Originally posted here.

 
Share The News
Share on Pinterest
Share with your friends










Submit

Comments

comments

Written by:

Published on: August 12, 2011

Filled Under: Culture, Gender, Race

Views: 6513

, , , , , , ,

  • http://www.crazycoolgroovy.com CCGroovy

    Butt-Naked While BLACK, BROWN, BEIGE, & BUTTER = BEAUTIFUL!!!

     
  • http://twitter.com/BELauriette Butterfly Effect

    The more we see different shades, body shapes and sizes of black women in an artist way that word “acceptance” will be our reality. While browsing tumblr I see tons of nude brown women but it always seems to be soft porn with an exaggerated photoshop twist. There are so many ways brown women can show their body’s to be the beautiful works of art that they are.. thanks for this, Tracy.

     
  • eboni stephae

    Thankyou Tracy.

     
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XYC54CZJ7TUENGQBUJYJSLNXIA Kerry

    Made my day.

     
  • http://twitter.com/maximosis Maximo

    This is beautiful, and I thank you for the post. I am sick and tired of women of color being viewed as some sort of Taboo. Black Is Beautiful and we should never hide it, or label it as bad taste. Unfortunately American culture turns their back on this culture. 

    Whats sad is that our own people feed into the propaganda as well. Seeing the “Whitening” of the race as the path to success. Crap like “Lightskin vs Darksin” parties, one shade is better than the other? We are at war with ourselves. 

    If we can’t acknowledge the beauty and poetry that is Black Nudity rather than let it sink into taboo, we have lost this war on all sides. 

     
  • Anonymous

    Aside from the guy with boobs the size of handbags dry humping the girl in the club, I’d say there’s not any real porn on the site.

     
  • Reggie

    What I do know is that for centuries it seemed as if brown nipples equaled nature and pink nipples symbolized pornography.

    I also know that at my house brown nipples have always symbolized deisre within me. I can’t speak to how other people feel.

     
  • http://www.facebook.com/ankhesenmie Ankhesen Mié

    Beautiful work and excellent points.  It’s amazing the things you learn.

     
  • http://www.curvygurlchronicles.com Melzie

    Two boobs….I mean thumbs up :-). It’s time we are comfortable with the skin we’re in. And, not that we’re looking for acceptance from others, but seeing photos of us in our most vulnerable and beautiful state is long overdue. To those who think it’s porn….they need to get out of their narrow-minded worlds more.

     
  • http://twitter.com/PrimeSim PrimeSim

    Now I don’t have issue with your intent because I understand it.  However, it is easily misunderstood as porn because of the content.  In case you haven’t noticed there are plenty of young “ladies” out here that take nude pictures with a photographer or by themselves with no concept of the art form of nudity.  Showing yourself naked does not automatically equal art, I don’t care what color you are.