Are attractive black women intimidating
Also, beauty standards play a role in why many white men are not that into black women.
Most black women embrace physical features that are not so common in most Eurocentric cultures, such as excessively large butts, full lips and braided hair.
This long standing historically constructed “knowledge” of black women has become embedded in the deep frame of many contemporary white men.
A deep frame represents our deep world view and mental infrastructure of our mind (Lakoff 2006), which consists of cognition, knowledge, emotions (Feagin 2009), and discourse used to make sense of our everyday world.
Lee is a middle class white male with no black female friends, rare interactions with black families growing up, and who states his interactions with black women only consist of work-related experiences.
Yet, he expresses strong negative views of black women as unattractive and uneducated as the first thoughts that come to his mind.
Hence, this essay critically examines the integral role of race, gender, and class in the consistent exclusion of black women as relationship partners for white men.
This global overarching construction of black female bodies has persisted throughout society through pervasive raced, sexed, and classed dominant narratives and visual discourses, including controlling images or myths, such as the jezebel, sapphire, matriarch, mammy, and modern mammy. I critically examined the deep frame of contemporary white men utilizing open-ended, online self-administered questionnaires.One hundred and thirty-four white males, ranging from the age of 18 to over 50 and representing 38 states, completed this in-depth online questionnaire.Current research studies on interracial marriage decisions and the current hegemonic race discourse often leads one to believe that racism exists only within the hearts of a few bigots and that race encompasses a greatly diminished role in interracial relationship decisions (Rosenfeld 2005; Yancey and Yancey 1998).Quantitative polls that measure racial attitudes of whites today show a marked decrease in racial hostilities, however, these polls do not account for the complexities of frontstage and backstage racism, whereby whites manipulate racial performances for the settings that they are in (Picca and Feagin 2007).