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Proving my femininity: ‘When will black female bodies be enough?’

Our guest contributor this issue, Filomena Kaguako, writes about judgment and unfair beauty standards…

Serena and Venus Williams, Leslie Jones and Michelle Obama. These are but a few of the Black women who have been on the receiving end of online scrutiny and unjustified criticism. Due to their perceived ‘masculine’ appearance, both of the Williams sisters spent much of their career defending their athletic physiques to the world. Comedian Leslie Jones was forced to leave Twitter after being subjected to body shaming trolls and a West Virginia official had no shame in publicly calling the former First Lady of the United States an ‘ape in heels’ – a dig at Michelle Obama’s race and body.

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Our guest contributor this issue, Filomena Kaguako, writes about judgment and unfair beauty standards...

Serena and Venus Williams, Leslie Jones and Michelle Obama. These are but a few of the Black women who have been on the receiving end of online scrutiny and unjustified criticism. Due to their perceived ‘masculine’ appearance, both of the Williams sisters spent much of their career defending their athletic physiques to the world. Comedian Leslie Jones was forced to leave Twitter after being subjected to body shaming trolls and a West Virginia official had no shame in publicly calling the former . . .

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