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Meridians (2010) 10 (2): 15–41.
Published: 01 March 2010
...L. Ayu Saraswati Abstract Previous scholarship on the immense popularity of skin-whitening frames this practice as revealing women's desire to emulate whiteness and upper class white populations (Burke 1996; Peiss 1998; Hall 2005). Others have focused on whitening practices to highlight the working...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 363–388.
Published: 01 December 2020
...L. Ayu Saraswati Abstract Previous scholarship on the immense popularity of skin-whitening frames this practice as revealing women’s desire to emulate whiteness and upper class White populations. Others have focused on whitening practices to highlight the working of racialized color hierarchy and...
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Meridians (2015) 13 (1): 103–128.
Published: 01 September 2015
... representations of domestic workers' dark-skinned female bodies as sites where race, gender, and class asymmetries meet and sustain one another. Copyright © 2015 by Smith College 2015 ...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 382.
Published: 01 November 2018
... her lounge windows. my mother’s home is no longer my home. i have been learning to leave since i first learnt to walk. unlearning her fear: unwrapping it from my skin. unlearning her shame to set both of us free. unraveling all that ties us up tight, and fat, in our bones and skin. and waiting...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 84–89.
Published: 01 April 2021
... conflict violence against women domestic violence I had a body once. It was scaly in winter when the cold sapped the moisture from my skin. One day, my father saw me scratching my legs from the ankle up to my buttocks. My frock was bunched up around my waist as the rice boiled behind me. The fire...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 308–309.
Published: 01 December 2020
... she collects in trash bags for my daughters who are younger but much bigger, knowing they will never fit, and wonder, if she could, would she pierce the skin of my gut, scrape the eggs from my womb, spread them like a good Beluga, eliminating me and any other chance at adding to the...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 244–246.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Gabeba Baderoon On this earth. I am on this earth. Don’t tell me that the small hurts don’t matter, that our private emptiness doesn’t count. Every label visible on the outside of the garment is a scream against Non. In freedom we wear brands on our skin until we believe what they say, until...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 246–247.
Published: 01 April 2021
... inner harbor, cookouts in backyard squares, watched the matte black animate, sentient, lip-gloss sticky stars, how the easy smoke erased the hot stench of singed skin, the corner men’s amino-sweet roaring, daubed with piss and weed and diluted cologne, a vial or two clinking amid the cop’s dry...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 14–31.
Published: 01 April 2020
... child who is born on the Sabbath day     Is bonnie and blithe and good and gay 3 Lying in the dirt baptized by blood and fire The child cried out Baby Turner Fragile baby never felt skin-to-skin Only skin to dirt Baby ears, tiny hands, nails as thin as paper Two small human cries...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 152–160.
Published: 01 April 2019
... the bathroom mirrors at my face, measuring the contrast between my dark hair and my light(er) skin. This was Ma’s bathroom, where you had to wipe your tinkerbell and make sure your bungie was clean and where if someone intruded they might notice you were starting to get tetas . Mostly nobody...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 107–130.
Published: 01 September 2018
... toward Africa, toward Haiti. The doudou is a skin she removes, like the fabled soukougnan, to reveal the pain and rage of Creole femininity. In so doing she shares a “covetous solar gaze” with other people mired in histories of pain, others waging desperate and futile battles against colonialism. Her...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 8–13.
Published: 01 April 2019
... me, we knew it would never work. just because the singing of the whales had caused bumper stickers and rallies and international bans on their murder and the criminalization of the exploding harpoon (you know. that thing that got under their skin and destroyed them from the inside) didn’t mean it...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 22–50.
Published: 01 December 2020
... as prettiest were thought to look Latina by 20 percent of the respondents. Only the ninth woman of those selected as prettiest was a blonde-haired, white-skinned woman who was universally declared to “not look Latina.” At the same time, there were no “White” women among the women perceived as “least...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 295–320.
Published: 01 October 2020
... looking mestizo and having darker skin, experienced discrimination based on their appearance which may have exacerbated or intensified negative judgments of their accent. While the Latina/o Colombian faculty members may have had the privilege of feeling pride about their accent indexing their native...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 239–249.
Published: 01 October 2020
... were entitled to the same beauty, joy, celebration, well-being, and opportunities that “typical American” families with two parents, better jobs, single-family homes, savings and inheritances, unaccented English and White(r) skins had a presumptive right to claim. If the U.S. system didn’t allow for it...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 39–52.
Published: 01 April 2021
... beyond the tips of her flesh even as Amma had filed her own long, delicate oval-shaped ones. But, that was okay, because Rani didn’t have Amma’s fair hands and delicate skin. Or, Amma’s pretty nail polishes. Rani didn’t drink from polished silver like Amma did. So, Rani did not need those nails! Also...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 41–62.
Published: 01 April 2019
... rendered as Indigenous and sometimes as a light-skinned member of the Mexican elite. 5 Recalls Roland Barthes’s ( 1979 ) “punctum.” 4 For example, when Frank dons his father’s old-fashioned suits he embodies his father’s particular masculine identity as well, one that Frank understands was...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 161–182.
Published: 01 April 2019
... documentary, a dark-skinned woman of similar colored dress is seen walking beside a woman in a black sharshaf carrying a child. This black woman is tagging along carrying a basket, in a seemingly household maid–madam relationship, further pointing to her belonging in a more socially integrated local servant...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 169–195.
Published: 01 December 2020
... ( fig. 7 ), a slender, light-skinned woman wears a ladies suit and carries a matching handbag. Masculinity is portrayed on a card entitled El Valiente ( fig. 8 ), portraying a mestizo working-class man wielding a machete, and on another even less flattering card entitled El Borracho , which portrays...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 149–154.
Published: 01 December 2020
... opposition to hateful foreign policies. i have never felt less american and more new yorker—particularly brooklyn, than these past days. the stars and stripes on all these cars and apartment windows represent the dead as citizens first—not family members, not lovers. i feel like my skin is...