Are they ashamed of their race, these Senegalese women?
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Xessal is commonly used by several “stars” in Senegal and can be seen on television. In some cases, the skin turns slightly pale; in others, the skin turns white to an almost cadaverous color.Updated on October 20, 2020, Malick Diop
It's called “Xessal” in Senegal (skin lightener) and it's probably the most horrible thing I've seen. Not long ago, I was talking about the Senegalese vision of feminism. Now we will show you what women are ready to do to please their husbands.
It is an open secret that many African men would like to marry a white woman. Whiteness is an exotic sign; it is also considered “a sign of wealth and prestige.” In many cases, black women feel diminished in the eyes of their husbands or in the eyes of those around them and, to please, decide to lighten their skin.
In addition to the complex of women in relation to their skin color, this self-segregation has the effect of increasing the risks of skin cancer and of contracting infections or diseases (some studies speak of diabetes and risks during pregnancy). This is because no single product whitens the skin enough. Women therefore often mix 2 or 3 cosmetic products (with different chemicals) or several soaps (up to 5) to obtain white skin. Depending on the product mix, side effects can vary, but few of them are desirable.
There are over 15 skin lightening tube products in Senegal. Women mix it with milk and apply it to their body for a period of time, often stopping in hot weather to avoid side effects. They often use several different products at the same time. The price of a tube of Xessal varies between 800 CFA and 48,000 CFA.
Xessal is commonly used by several “stars” in Senegal and can be seen on television. In some cases, the skin turns slightly pale; in others, the skin turns white to an almost cadaverous color.
This problem is not purely Senegalese; it is developed in several other countries around the world. As we live in a free society, there's not much you can do about it, other than recognizing that black people are as beautiful as we are and that you don't have to waste your health to have white skin.
But, that freedom makes me wonder: “Are women ashamed of themselves? Does a woman have to kill herself just to be someone she is not?” You tell me...