nightingale;confession

“In Ratatouille, the idea that “anyone can cook” transcends just cooking. To me, that means anyone can do whatever they have a passion for, no matter how difficult it may be. As someone who wants to go into theatre, it’s hard at times, especially since I know I won’t be making much money once I get out of school. But Remy inspires me to go after what I love. I truly wish the movie would get more credit because it’s saved my life, and I think it could help a lot of other people too.”

The hardest conversation for me to have with other women is body image and how women of color, particularly Black women, have a different battle to fight. We face marginalization times two because of our gender and racial identities. While thin privilege is very real, Black women are more often than not shamed for being thin. Black women who are overweight and obese are shamed for being too big. Black women are expected to have thick thighs, wide hips, and big butts all while having small waists. People do not recognize that even though all women face objectification, we are objectified for being Black first and then for being women. We are objectified BECAUSE we are Black. We are not seen as anything more than our bodies and we are constantly told that no matter what sexual orientation we identify with we will ALWAYS be at the bottom. Not to mention what our trans sisters and gender non-conforming siblings deal with due to these expectations of what they’re “supposed to look like.” Black men of all gender identities also deal with these same issues but again, it all comes down to one thing: the objectification of Black bodies.