Yearning for Lightness

  title={Yearning for Lightness},
  author={Evelyn nakano Glenn},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  pages={281 - 302}
  • E. N. Glenn
  • Published 11 February 2008
  • Art
  • Gender & Society
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… 

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