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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...
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Meridians (2023) 22 (2): 440–445.
Published: 01 October 2023
... an aerial view they look like veins weaving through the countryside. They are layered as skin is layered. For centuries, lienzos have been used to gently delineate space. They are unlike the different types of cement and steel barriers that scrape toward sky as they jut burial-deep into portions of the land...
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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 (2022) 21 (1): 293–295.
Published: 01 April 2022
...Teri Ellen Cross Davis Abstract Often the narrative on dark skin in America has been dominated by Eurocentric standards of beauty. White supremacy dictated dark skin to be unattractive and lesser than light skin. This poem explores the rich beauty of darkness in the natural world, from fruit...
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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 PATRICIA DE SANTANA PINHO The Dirty Body that Cleans: Representations of Domestic Workers in Brazilian Common Sense Abstract...
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Meridians (2002) 3 (1): 161–190.
Published: 01 September 2002
... women's studies department, and the question of "white imitation" was raised. A brief discussion of"non-white" women desiring to mold themselves after "white" ideals-pale skin, lightcolored hair, etc. -proceeded verysympathetically by contextualizing the phenomenon within hegemonic colonial...
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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 (2006) 7 (1): 162–182.
Published: 01 September 2006
... Racialized as a hybrid, mestizon, egrat,riguefiap,rieta,morenao, r mulatawoman, an "organic metaphor of the three roots: Tafoo, Spaniard, and African" (Duany 2002, 19). I have been situated throughout my life in a complex racial system. Phenotype, hair texture, skin pigmentation, social class status...
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Meridians (2011) 11 (1): 26–35.
Published: 01 September 2011
... of the world -inscribed in America's forethought. For the historical record: African - Coloured Negro - Afro-American African American Womanhood! 26 MERIDIANS 11:1 Haibu1n: TranslatioonfSamsonL'sette(r1764) I bear no vestige of whips and shackles but the burden offreedom weighs heavily in my skin. I have in my...
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Meridians (2003) 3 (2): 20–24.
Published: 01 March 2003
...Gina Ulysse Copyright © 2003 by Wesleyan University Press 2003 GINA ULYSSE HomagTe oThoseWhoHollereBdeforMe e Silence chose me I didn't choose silence silence immobilized me I could not breathe in my own skin without breaking the silence I could not live in the castle of my skin as I came...
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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 (2004) 4 (2): 80–86.
Published: 01 March 2004
... to ask me how my day went, undress me and clean my soiled clothes. Instead my feet walked me to the stairs and up to my bedroom. I shut the door. "Anaey, ou home?" "ChyeMai," I yell through the wood. In the shower, I see little droplets form, my skin covered in the mint oil. Clean, I climbed on top...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 22–50.
Published: 01 December 2020
... three “prettiest” women were all thought to look Latina. The top eight of the nine women selected 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...
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Meridians (2000) 1 (1): 128–156.
Published: 01 September 2000
... sign. Hair that is racially compromising can be mitigated with care and styling. Skin color and facial features, conversely, are less pliant or not as easily altered. That Dominicans have equated whiteness both with lo indio, an ethno-racial identity based on identification with the decimated Taino...
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Meridians (2008) 8 (2): 49–63.
Published: 01 March 2008
... FATHER 53 MEENA ALEXANDER RitesofSense In twilight as she lies on a mat I rub my mother's feet with jasmine oil touch calluses under skin, joints upholding that fraught original thingbone, gristle, skin, all that makes her mine. All day she swabbed urine from the floor, father's legs so weak he clung...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 107–130.
Published: 01 September 2018
... of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism . Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press . Fanon Frantz . (1952) 2008 . Black Skin, White Masks . Translated by Philcox Richard . New York : Grove Press . Hearn Lafcadio . 1890 . Two Years...
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Meridians (2023) 22 (1): 146–168.
Published: 01 April 2023
... and accountability of such scenes of subjection. Our attentions are narrowed, swept across a luminous canvas to the animated struggle of a naked Black woman. She hangs askew, slightly right of center, alerting us that something here is awry. Her right arm thrusts into the air, the outline of skin shadowed...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 14–31.
Published: 01 April 2020
... Slit her open from navel to stern! Like a hog     But the 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...
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Meridians (2001) 2 (1): 58.
Published: 01 September 2001
...Odilia Rivera Copyright © 2001 by Wesleyan University Press 2001 GARDENS OdiliaRivera The porch is white a dark-skinned man wears a white suit I sneak into his backyard to eat yellow flowers; orange is not my color at five years old, the smell of green cigars drew me to his garden...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 152–160.
Published: 01 April 2019
... in apology as I presented them during visits, with adults willing to act as though the photographer had done something wrong. I remember staring into 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...