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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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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

July 28th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by jasmine




Elle Magazine’s creative director Joe Zee spent a lovely summer’s day running around Manhattan… in a Chanel yeti-suit. [Racked National]

Police in the Philippines are searching for a gadget-obsessed serial killer that pawns the electronics of his victims. Note to self: sometimes a book makes a better accessory than an iPad. [CNN]

Lucy Liu said there was “definitely some chemistry” when she hooked up with boyfriend Noam Gottesman. The fact that he runs his own hedge fund was just a bunsen burner. [Just Jared]

Are we witnessing a “cultural generation gap” in America? [National Journal]

North Korea’s soccer team was subjected to a SIX HOUR LONG PUBLIC REPRIMAND after returning from the World Cup with a 0-3 record. At least they didn’t get sent to prison camp? [The Chosun Ilbo]

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