I Hate The Word "Exotic" & Here's Why..

 

When referring to light skinned, curly haired, mixed women there is no word thrown around more than the word "exotic". I absolutely cannot stand the word "exotic" and it has absolutely nothing to do with me being a brown skin sista myself. 

 

Let's start with the obvious thing that disturbs me about the word exotic and how it's used, MEN! Men mis-use this word more than anyone I have ever encountered. Men use the word exotic to describe women who are mixed and have "good" hair. Usually women who are or seem to have some type of spanish in their blood and are in a sense racially ambiguous. These are the women that men claim "have hair like the weave that regular black women have to buy" and are way prettier than regular black women, especially without makeup. Now, I don't want to be Miss Debbie Downer but to all the men who think this ignorant "fact" is true, allow me to bust that foolish bubble of yours. First and foremost, these exotic ladies with this exotic hair you love so much are wearing the same Indian Remi as I am...and yes they bought it at the same store I did too! In fact, she's not an ounce of latino, she's just light skin with a fresh perm who lived in a spanish neighborhood. What is it that our black men think is so spectacular about a girl who's race they can't pinpoint that a "regular ol" black girl isn't worth it anymore. Oh yeah, it's the word EXOTIC

 

First and foremost, let's understand what exotic really means. Exotic is used to describe things that come from places other than the country you're in. Cars, flowers and foods are exotic. Your homegirl mixed with Mexican and Black is NOT! There is not a country called "Mexican & Black" and you can find a Mexican and Black, Black and White or Asian and Black girl around any corner of any hood. Guess what, they're not exotic or even rare. The brown skin girl from a country you can't pronounce in Africa however, would be consider exotic

 

This blog is not to put down any race or mix of races but rather to spotlight the blatant misuse of a word. People use the word "exotic" in a way to mean that anything not "exotic" is bland and "regular". The problem with that thought is what or who we're calling exotic. The women who are truly exotic (Iman, Naomi Campbell, etc) are not considered exotic, why is that? I suggest we stop using the word exotic to describe human beings. We should use exotic to describe foreign objects, not people. Women aren't a fancy car, we're what makes the world go round.

 

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Comment by RayRay&Pookie'sWIFEY on March 30, 2011 at 10:42am

it's not that serious. people misuse words and reassign new definitions to words all the time...fact: language changes constantly. When people say: "That's a bad shoe!", I'm sure the meaning of "bad" in that instance is not what it was originally, the definition was reappropriated.

 

When somebody says "exotic dancer", we all know that they're not talking about a dancer who is from a foreign country, lol. The definition was clearly changed, and is understood.


Comment by RayRay&Pookie'sWIFEY on March 30, 2011 at 10:52am
also, someone's opionion that another person "looks" exotic (based on whatever their own definition may be) is kind of unarguable.
Comment by Sheli on March 30, 2011 at 10:59am

My sis calls odd looking people "exotic". When she can't describe how strange a person looks she'll say they looked "exotic" like an undiscovered species or alien life form.

 

Or if we see an unmatched beauty, like there is this dark-skinned baby that comes to her doctor's office and she has ocean blue eyes, she's extremely beautiful to us and we call her exotic. To others that baby may not be exotic, but to me she is, you don't see dark skinned babies with ocean blue eyes everyday.


Comment by MissBling on March 30, 2011 at 11:08am
I get what you saying tho'. Dudes try to be into the "exotic look" but that's all it is. Them hoes from the same hood as everybody else.
Comment by Bonita on March 30, 2011 at 11:31am

It can go both ways most white guys consider black girls exotic. I personally don't like refered to as exotic because I automaticly feel like am a fantasy or one of those things u have to check off ur list.

 

By the way am not light skin in any way but do originally come from another country. So maybe to my white dudes am exotic ...lol

Comment by ReadytoSettleDown on March 30, 2011 at 1:48pm
exotic=different...use it the way you please
Comment by Hate my Ex on March 30, 2011 at 1:56pm
You sound really angry? Were you dumped or turned down for an "exotic" looking female? Also, if you feel like you look like a regualr ol' black girl...that sounds like a self esteem issue...just sayin.
Comment by Eleven8 on March 30, 2011 at 2:12pm
@Hate My Ex - lol no i'm not ANGRY...i actually didn't pick the topic, i'm just the writer take it as you please. Blogs are about opinion. Thank you for yours tho!
Comment by Baller Alert on March 30, 2011 at 2:15pm
In Miami men refer to exotic as anyone mixed...
Comment by Hate my Ex on March 30, 2011 at 2:22pm
@Eleven8, you're right, and no problem:)

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