Avianca and I visited Burke Williams about two weeks ago to celebrate my birthday and for much needed R &R. As we walked to our lockers, we encountered two fully exposed women changing into their clothes. Nothing odd about that…. After all, we are in the women’s spa area. We proceeded to our lockers to […]
My sister and I talked about it once I finally found her in the steam room. Why are we, as African-American women, modest about our body? Is it a just a L.A. or West Coast thing? Are we ashamed? Are there underlying ramifications from historical injustices that have been passed along through generations thus making us generally more modest and uncomfortable with nudity? Did our moms tell us it wasn’t hygienic to walk around the spa or use its amenities while naked? Are we concerned about what other women may think about us being naked (although they are naked too)? Are we so victimized by objectification and sexualization that we have internalized this to be modest about our bodies even when we are in a relatively safe space away from that level of scrutiny
Curator’s note : The original poster tapped into the underlying struggle African Americans have with nudity which we have been exploring in our black history series.