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Cameron Conaway, Executive Editor at The Good Men Project, is a former MMA fighter and an award-winning poet. He is the author of Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet, Bonemeal: Poems and Until You Make the Shore. Conaway is on the Editorial Board at Slavery Today. Follow him on Google+ and on Twitter: @CameronConaway.


  1. At least how the whitening thing’s been explained to me is this:

    In Thailand (or Korea, in my case), development was recent enough that the collective memory of having a mostly farm-based society is still present. In other words, in the West we’re insulated from farming by almost a hundred years. For many other countries, it’s only been a couple decades.

    Consider this ad from the 1890s, when development was ongoing in the west.

    Basically, it comes down to this. The affluent who can afford to stay out of the sun, and work in an office or something are lighter-skinned. And those who can’t get indoor work get the rough, leathery dark skin that we all know. Light skin is a signifier of wealth in much of the world.

    • Cameron Conaway says:


      Terrific response here. The farming comment certainly makes sense and I’ve heard the same regarding outdoor/office work from many people and it definitely fits what I’ve experienced here. In Korea do most people walking outside try to shield themselves from the sun with parasols or newspaper or whatever they’re holding?


      • Yeah like yr article it was an informative read. I remember a documentary (couldnt find the name on a search. UK channel4 around1999, male middle aged presenter)saying that in one roman time period elite romans would tan themselves. The presenter said it was to differentiate themselves from the paler workers, as eventually many roman workers worked indoors.
        Which is similar to what happened in the West around 1920s. Tanned skin nolonger signified being of the labouring classes, but instead that you were of the leisured classes, who had time free to lounge in the sun while the now pale masses toiled indoors

  2. damn that ad posted is disturbing, the way he beams at having now lighter skin. it has made me look at women beaming in western makeup, or age-rejuvenating ads in a new light

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