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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.


What Color is "Flesh"?

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  • Laura Webb
    Laura Webb

    Seriously, how many white people are even this color? It's like...pink o_O

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

  • Kristen Althoff
    Kristen Althoff

    I was just thinking about "nude" the other day. Glad to see this up here!

  • Lulee Aberra
    Lulee Aberra

    progress!

Band-Aid Plastic Strips Commercial (1955) - "Flesh-Colored" = White

  • Kate McNeece
    Kate McNeece

    And if you need to boil your hand it'll still stick! Yay!

"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
    Emily

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WTF, DOVE???

  • Livia Carboni
    Livia Carboni

    NORMAL? to DARK? SERIOUSLY!

  • Kate Nadeau
    Kate Nadeau

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

  • Ashriel D'aethe
    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?

  • Preeti George
    Preeti George

    Maybe its someone's joke or mis-type normal to dry skin?

Costume National So Nude Eau de Toilette (thanks @GenderPolitics!)

Costume National So Nude Eau de Toilette ~ New Fragrances

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Whose Skin Counts as "Ethnic"? (click thru for analysis)

Whose Skin Counts as “Ethnic”? » Sociological Images

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

Non-White-Centric Uses of Terms Like “Nude” » Sociological Images

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  • veggiesattva
    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 :)

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

Non-White-Centric Uses of Terms Like “Nude” » Sociological Images

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

Non-White-Centric Uses of Terms Like “Nude” » Sociological Images

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

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

Non-White-Centric Uses of Terms Like “Nude” » Sociological Images

thesocietypages.org

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

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

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

“Nude,” Racial Marginalization, and the Wedding Industry » Sociological Images

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

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

“Nude,” Racial Marginalization, and the Wedding Industry » Sociological Images

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

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

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