Are attractive black women intimidating

Many white men associate these features with obesity.For example, when a typical black man sees a “phat ass”, a typical white man sees a fat-ass.The construction of black female bodies and the classed and gendered construction of whites (as well as other racial groups) have come to represent hegemonic edifices.Due to elite white men’s power to construct and control reality in such a way that it best maintains white domination and power and the general subordination of other groups, whites have effectively framed the ways in which everyday whites and people in general come to know, see, and understand black women (and society in general) in raced, gendered, and classed ways.Hence, this essay critically examines the integral role of race, gender, and class in the consistent exclusion of black women as relationship partners for white men.

Although the reasons are not rooted in racism, racism does play a small role.

“Just the term ‘black women’ conjures up thoughts of an overweight, dark-skinned, loud, poorly educated person with gold teeth yelling at somebody in public.

I hope that doesn’t make me racist but honestly that’s the 1st thing I think of.”- Lee, middle class white male in his 30’s, from Florida [1] In this quote Lee provides a highly racialized, gendered, and classed view of black women.

Lee is a middle class white male with no black female friends, rare interactions with black families growing up, and who states his interactions with black women only consist of work-related experiences.

Yet, he expresses strong negative views of black women as unattractive and uneducated as the first thoughts that come to his mind.

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