Driving Questions: What is the ORIGIN and APPEAL of skin lightening within communities of color?
My group’s topic is about skin lightening . Our articles we have found so far give a lot of evidence on black women lightening their skin to be accepted in their community. Most of the articles are talking about insecurities women mostly "black" have to achieve in order to be pretty or good looking. What I learned in this topic was that the ads we see in stores of the “perfect skin tone” isn’t even the real person. I hope to find information that can show women they don't have to lighten their skin to be accepted. I want to find evidence that shows how the beauty of a “black” women or men are much more different that a “white” person. The collaboration so far is very well. My partner and I are very good at splitting the work. When we work on symposium projects we do 50 to 50 work since it’s only 2 people. If we need extra time we have gone once already to mentor ship after school with Ms.Surya and worked on our poster.
Since the last time we wrote about our research we found out that skin lightening is the reverse of tanning, skin lightening affects the amount of melanin in your skin also another word for pigment. We conducted a survey to give to high school students to ask if they would lighten their skin to be accepted in their community just like many other dark skinned people. We chose to do a survey because we felt it’s anonymous and a simple way to find information on young adults to know if their confident with their skin complexion or not. Something easy about this process is finding information about this topic. Many people all around the world are lightening their skin to be accepted in their community leading to a lot of information to find. Something difficult is finding examples or ideas of what to make our creative piece like since this topic isn’t as common as turning it into a project. Something we need to do to successfully complete this projects is to work on the ISD and complete it by Friday. Somethings we need to do are attend mentor ship this week to work together on our board plan. Our collaboration is very good we split the work in half and do a 50-50 job so we have an even amount of work. Everything is working well.
Something new we learned about our topic is skin lightening first originated in Europe with queen Elizabeth. Skin lightening was called "Elizabeth's Light beauty" before it was changed to another name. I learned that my ability to work with others is really good we split the work to 50-50. The background of our board is dark skin to light to represent dark skin lightening into light. We have a world at the top with the different skin tone shades and skin lightening ads. We want to create an interactive piece for our viewers to become a part of. Our collaboration is very good and our project is almost completely done. We need to get our ISD approved in order to be successful on this project.
Survey Questions: 1. What ethnicity are you? 2.On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being extremely pale and 5 being very tan or dark how would you categorize the color of your skin? 3.In your own culture are there expectations or standards of beauty that favor lighter skin colors? 4. Do you think how light someones skin tone is defines how beautiful they appear? 5.Would you ever consider to lighten your skin to fit into your community? 6.Do you believe skin lightening has a negative or positive effects of society? 7.How do you feel about the color of your skin?