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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Vagina Whitening (That’s Right, You Heard Me)

April 13th, 2012 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

One year I vacationed in Mexico and spent the entire time in the water, body surfing and boogie boarding. My skin got really dark, which I don’t care about one way or another, though I am afraid of sun damage and skin cancer, in that order. I made one mistake that trip though, and it wasn’t forgetting sunscreen (always, always remember sunscreen). My mistake was going to see my grandmother right after. The first thing she said, once she got over the shock, was “How did you get so dark?!” For the rest of the visit, she introduced me to her friends as “My Granddaughter-Who’s-Normally-Not-This-Dark.”

Light skin is still prized in Asia for a number of reasons that have to do with longstanding notions of race, class, and gender. Good thing then, that there’s a booming market for skin whitening creams, many of them manufactured by Western companies! And good thing the companies who make these creams also make commercials, because quite a few of them–beyond their creepy, disturbing premise–are kinda hilarious.

1. Skin Whitening For Young Girls

There’s this commercial for SkinWhite Teens, produced by Filipino company Splash Corporation, a skin whitening product designed specifically for young girls:

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What Is It About WikiLeaks And Lady Parts?

December 16th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was given an “87% slut” score on an OKCupid test four years ago. But seriously, it seems everywhere you turn these days, you hear another story about WikiLeaks–or Assange, really–and lady parts.

There’s the arrest of Assange in London for allegedly violating two women’s lady parts in Sweden (he was freed on bail today).

Then there’s the emails Gawker just published that Assange wrote in 2004 to a 19 year-old woman he made out with once, revealing not only Assange’s persistence when it comes to unearthing information but also his penchant for purple prose pressed breasts and other “soft, warm and yielding” lady things. The following is an excerpt from one missive Assange wrote after sniffing out the girl’s phone number and calling her, only to receive a cool response:

I’m not concerned with your messy reality. I don’t want to see it and I confess I could not place you in mine. But I still want to see you in isolation. I am unconcerned with the context since time and your silence has made me philosophical; but when I first wrote the heat of your breast pressed against me was still vivid in my mind.

And here’s another from an email written after she rejects him for what appears to be the final time:

A man feels that which is soft, warm and yeilding (sic) in his arms must also be in other circumstances.

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