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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
How many examples of a double standard can you think of? Dictionary.com defines double standard as "any code or set of principles containing different provisions for one group of people than for another." Dark and Lovely vs. Fair and Lovely. One Brown Girl or Asian Girl Power vs. One White Girl or even White Girl Power. Skin bleaching products vs. tanning products. The list is virtually endless.
Here is one OBG reader's point of view: "As a white male I could never get away with starting a business (not that I would) called One White Man - Celebrate being White. Doesn't that just sound crazy? It would automatically categorize me as being part of the KKK and I would certainly be called a racist. Don't you think?"
Is it fair to have one set of rules for one group and another set of rules for another group? Or is society trying to create balance where there is no balance?

1 comments:

leesa on: July 15, 2009 at 9:24 AM said...

When it is the standard that everything in for the dominant culture which is White in America,than others have to create their own. When panty hose said nude on the package it was a White womans nude. When a product said Natural it was a White Womans Natural, when a clothing item said one sides fits all. It was all White Women. Thats who Black Asians and Latins consistently saw represented in the media ( Print or otherwise)" All American boy" is still assumed White " Girl Next door" is still assumed white. I've heard the argument for years . and the only people who have problem with it are usually White.

 

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