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Skin Tone: Does it Matter?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Each side has there own nursery-ryhme-like sayings: "Light, bright, damn-near white" and on the other side, "the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice."
Both are catchy, and both describe perfectly the benefits of subscribing to a particular skin-tone philosophy. Truth be told, much of this nation's racial past has etched in our minds a skin-tone hierarchy that may or may not be justified today (but still exists).
Do you have a skin-tone preference when it comes to dating?
Of course, it is your right to have one, but may i ask, what has influenced that preference?


[Emeritus] said...

I don't have one. I just go for what I go for, including men outside my race. I'd probably have to study my 'pickings' from the past couple years to see if a pattern has indeed emerged before I can honestly say that I prefer or go for a particular skin tone subconsciously

February 23, 2009 at 10:33 AM
Craigjc said...

Thanx for the honest answer. If you do indeed study yer 'pickings' I'd love to hear back.

February 23, 2009 at 3:15 PM
CaramelKisses said...

I just had this conversation on yesterday with a an associate and it is unfortunate in my opinion that people with judge your "beauty" on something as crazy as your skin tone...

He didn't care for darker women.

which is a bit disappointing and hurtful that as a dark black woman, there are many black men who don't appreciate thevarious shades of our culture:-(

February 23, 2009 at 7:32 PM
Craigjc said...

See, that's what I'm talking about: People are still colorstruck.

February 23, 2009 at 9:38 PM
Ms. Bar B: said...

That is a great picture for this post! I don't have a preference in skin tone when it comes to men. It doesn't matter to me. I think all shades are beautiful, from the light to the deepest chocolate, like the cutie from House of Payne that's marrying that Eva, lol.

February 24, 2009 at 12:59 AM
Annie said...

You know, i've always wanted o be black or asian, etc. for one simple reason... no more worries about fake tanning. it woldnt affect me dating personally. you know what they saybabout black men... haha just joking.

February 24, 2009 at 4:28 PM
Anonymous said...

K I studied them. Since I haven't dated many black guys, I thought about the ones I thought were attractive.

It's all about your face. Like honestly. You can really dark and I wouldn't look at you twice because frankly, you're just not that cute. However, if I really had to draw my color line somewhere, I am attracted to people my skin tone and darker. I rarely find very light skinned men facially attractive. I don't know why. I just don't think they are all that cute, or maybe the ones I meet rarely are.

February 24, 2009 at 10:16 PM
jaMaica said...

I think skin tone doesn't matter. I've never discriminated, I love men..I think my preference may be Darker men, like my man now is Nigerian and he is too cute. but He is also lighter than me, and I'm Jamaican; so I feel it can go either way.

April 28, 2009 at 2:44 PM

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