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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 (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
... 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 and postcolonial economies of power, with attention...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 84–89.
Published: 01 April 2021
... no more. A few villages down, an old woman sits beside the fire. Having grown into her old-woman skin, she has tales to tell. Tonight, her story is about the water-fairy and her little prince. How body, bones and all, they walked into the river and flowed into the sea. I also didn’t like...
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Meridians (2006) 7 (1): 162–182.
Published: 01 September 2006
...,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, and heritage and/or genealogy are the defining...
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Meridians (2011) 11 (1): 26–35.
Published: 01 September 2011
.... 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 possession over 70,000 guilders, black slaves, coffee...
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Meridians (2003) 3 (2): 20–24.
Published: 01 March 2003
...Gina Ulysse 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 of age colonized knowing I wasn't meant to survive I...
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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 (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 (2020) 19 (S1): 22–50.
Published: 01 December 2020
... are presented as an instructive selection from a larger study (Candelario 2000 ). The importance of hair as a defining race marker highlights the centrality of beauty practices. Hair, after all, is an alterable sign. Hair that is racially compromising can be mitigated with care and styling. Skin color...
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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 (2020) 19 (1): 14–31.
Published: 01 April 2020
..., no dirt, no fire, no men with guns Swaddled in a blanket of cotton Swaddled in power and privilege Mother’s milk Skin-on-skin White on white Black on Black White fantasy The governor, Hugh Dorsey White man elected to keep things in order The “Natural” Order    of White Supremacy...
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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
..., shaking my head 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...
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Meridians (2005) 5 (2): 1–29.
Published: 01 March 2005
... directly stating their thoughts, characters communicate through an exchange oflooks-particularly her two light-skinned female characters, Irene and Clare. These subtle forms of expression heighten the sense of uncertainty throughout the novel. The reader never learns explicitly the reason for Clare's fall...
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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...