The Grim Historian
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The Grim Historian

Dying to be White — The Toxic History of Skin Color

Women paid a high price for white skin

The Allegorical Portrait of Elizabeth I with Old Father Time | Unidentified painter / Public domain

II have always wished my skin was darker. As a teen, I would lather my body with baby oil and bake in the sun until my skin formed a sticky seal with the plastic beach chair. I hated every minute of it. Most women today spend hours trying to get that sun-kissed glow, but our ancestors would have found our bronzed…

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Carlyn Beccia

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact: CarlynBeccia.com