Yearning for Lightness

@article{Glenn2008YearningFL,
  title={Yearning for Lightness},
  author={E. N. Glenn},
  journal={Gender & Society},
  year={2008},
  volume={22},
  pages={281 - 302}
}
With the breakdown of traditional racial boundaries in many areas of the world, the widespread and growing consumption of skin-lightening products testifies to the increasing significance of colorism—social hierarchy based on gradations of skin tone within and between racial/ethnic groups. Light skin operates as a form of symbolic capital, one that is especially critical for women because of the connection between skin tone and attractiveness and desirability. Far from being an outmoded… Expand
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