[Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America]
In chapter 7 of Shifting, Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden address the beauty standard many black women attempt to hold themselves. These Eurocentric beauty ideas are often impossible for even white women to achieve.
The chapter also briefly discusses the pressure to physically confirm to the Eurocentric world and to retain a sense of blackness. The authors assert, “in a society where the standard of beauty remains European, where beauty still too often defines a woman’s worth, many Black women struggle to feel attractive and thus secure and valued” (177).
How did you respond to the discussion of beauty standards in the chapter? Why or how so?