November 22, 2013 by kamify
Found this excellent piece on XoJane.com called, “I’m Fed up With the Appropriation of Black Women’s Bodies.” Writer Veronica Miller expresses outrage at this dress created by Peggy Noland, which boasts a nude black female body photoshopped with the head of our favorite billionaire, Oprah Winfrey.
Miller writes, “‘Progressive’ white women, you need to quit.
This thing that you keep doing, exploring your own issues with repressed sexuality and body image through the use of black women who didn’t give you permission to be self-image surrogates? [It] needs to stop, and it needs to come to an end now. Not now, but RIGHT now. We are not playgrounds where you get to explore your issues. You don’t get to use our bodies as the shield behind which you throw up your middle finger up at patriarchy. These stunts make you no better than patriarchs, no better than misogynists. You take our bodies apart and display them in pieces the same exact way you admonish advertising, fashion and music for doing. That is hypocritical behavior and hypocritical behavior is tired.”
Miller goes on to namecheck artists who have similarly used black women as pawns and objects in their videos, namely Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus.
So what do y’all think about this dress?