Life of a Brown Woman on the Internet

Life of a Brown Woman on the Internet

We scream diversity but little things like this don't show it...
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My articles are usually about our country as a whole or something else political. But this article is focused specifically on African American women, actually, women who are not white. So, let's go.

Have you ever noticed that when you're looking for a hairstyle or an outfit on Google you have to type in, "bob hairstyle on black woman" or something of that sort? Do it right now, if you type in "bob hairstyle" the majority of pictures are of women who are of a "lighter" complexion.

Why is this the case? Who truly knows? I do know that the occasional Beyoncé and Keri Hilson pictures that pop up in the mix doesn't suffice. And it never will.

It's the exact same hairstyle so if I ask Google to show me a specific hairstyle then I should be able to see varieties. Google doesn't know my race or skin tone. (It might, because it knows everything) But limiting me and my primary Google search to white women is not cool.

Women of other races have different hair textures, different highlights, different facial structures etc. This is not for me to be racist at all, but when I type in "bob hairstyle", all of the pictures look the same, except for the white women who add layers to their bobs, that's it.

This topic may not be a big deal but it is a bother. Not a huge bother, but it's something that happens that no one ever talks about.

And I use the term "black women" but I mean women of brown complexions. This could be black women, Hispanic women, and all other types of women who don't fall under the "white" category.

I understand that this topic is minuscule compared to all of the other problems in the world but I felt like this needed to be addressed even if it was just to touch on it.


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At an age where we're too young to weave our way through the kinks and curls of our hair, you were our only hope. For every event, big or small, you were there to tend to the most feminine and beautiful part of us. You were there, brush, comb, scrunchies- a million products in hand- to assure that we looked and felt our best.

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