I am Aïssa, a Berlin-based journalist. “Womxn of Color” is a blog launched in February 2018. I interview, relate stories of women of color (cisgender, transgender, queer) and also address social topics. This blog aims to increase awareness of diverse identities and experiences as womxn of color are mostly confined by stereotypes. Media often accentuate stereotypes which may have consequences in daily life. That is what happened to me personally in Naples, Italy. Men saw me as a sexual object. When I walked down the street alone, some men would approach me because he thought I was a prostitute. Afrodescendant women are seen there as easy girls.
I tell myself that if a project like mine had been known in Italy, maybe I would have a different experience. It is important for me to show our diversity, that we are women to respect, that we are first and foremost human. It’s time to put an end to this sexualization, fetishization and all the clichés that follow. Also, I want to contribute to something useful, to question things, to move things forward. So that other generations don’t have to experience what I had.
Furthermore, it was not easy for me to accept myself as a black person. I was mocked a lot by my skin color judged too dark, unpretty as my natural hair. I was also having different tastes like listening to Rock, Pop, Indie music and judged by the black community as music listened by white people. The aim of this blog is also to value our diversity so that everyone can accept themselves as they are, deconstructing prejudices, myth to overpass these society standards and expectations set.