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Niba discusses colorism and Renee reviews The War Requiem

Colorism: From Then to Now

We’ll be getting into the history of colorism, how it crops up in modern places like Bridgerton and the royal family, as well as skin lightening products. This episode includes a trigger warning for rape, discrimination, and body image. If any of these topics are difficult for you, please proceed carefully because your mental health comes first.  

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Books mentioned in this segment: The Duke and I (the first in the Bridgerton series) by Julia Quinn

In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker  

Book review: The War Requiem by Kaia Solveig Preus

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Renee Powers


Research articles:

White Colorism by Lance Hannon in Social Currents

Educated Black Men Remembered as “Whiter” by Avi Ben-Zeev et al. in Sage Open

Microaggressions, Discrimination, and Phenotype among African Americans: A Latent Class Analysis of the Impact of Skin Tone and BMI by Verna M. Keith et al. in Sociological Inquiry

 Light Privilege? Skin Tone Stratification in Health among African Americans by Taylor W. Hargrove in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

From Dark to Light: Skin Color and Wages among African-Americans by Arthur H. Goldsmith et al. in The Journal of Human Resources

The Relationship Between Skin Tone and School Suspension for African Americans by Lance Hannon et al. in Race and Social Problems

Skin Lighteners: Global Market Trajectory & Analytics, report by StrategyR

Mercury in Skin Lightening Products, report from WHO

Paying a High Price for Skin Bleaching by Pavithra Rao for Africa Renewal

This episode was edited and produced by Renee Powers on the native land of the Dakota people.

Original music by @iam.onyxrose

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Renee Powers founded Feminist Book Club in 2018 to provide a space for intersectional feminists to learn, grow, and connect. When not reading or running the biz, you can find her drinking coffee and trying unsuccessfully to teach her retired racing greyhound how to fetch. Favorite genres: feminist thrillers, contemporary literary fiction, short stories, and anything that might be described as "irreverent"

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