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What Color is "Flesh"?

In the U.S., the words "flesh," "nude," and "skin color" are often used to describe the skin color most associated with "white" people, a practice that erases or marginalizes people with medium and dark skin. This board collects examples of this phenomenon. For analysis, click through any image or visit Sociological Images at www.thesocietypages.org/socimages.

Counter example: Adhesive bandages (appear to) come in at least three skin tones: light, medium, and dark (thanks @ queerasfoucault)

A Counter-Example to "Nude"=White (thx @ afuturemd and Shermel S!) us.christianloubo...

"Nourishing lotion for normal to dark skin" [click on this image to find a short clip and analysis exploring the impact of advertising on beauty standards] Thanks so much for sharing this, Umu.

Unmasking Photoshop

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  • Emily

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WTF, DOVE???

  • Livia Carboni

    NORMAL? to DARK? SERIOUSLY!

  • Kate Nadeau

    ah, the hypocrisy.... We might think everyone is beautiful, but not everyone is normal!

  • Ashriel D'aethe

    I actually sat there with my mouth open in amazement at this one...how on earth did the multiple people I assume saw and ok'd this packaging fail to correct that?

Non-White-Centric Uses of Terms Like “Nude” (click thru for more)

  • veggiesattva

    I am the person who sent in this image, taken at a Walgreens in New Haven, CT. I was so glad to see an expanded idea of skin colors in such a basic staple product! Also was tempted to buy the darkest ones and identify them as "skin color" if anyone asked :)

"Nude," Racial Marginalization, and the Wedding Industry (click thru for analysis)

"Nude," Racial Marginalization, and the Wedding Industry (click thru for analysis)