Dr. Oyenike Balogun-Mwangi, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, will present "Pretty Like Us? Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Body Image" as part of the McKillop Library's ongoing faculty lecture series.
Balogun-Mwangi applies cross-cultural comparative methodology to understanding body image among Black African women. The crux of comparative methodology rests on accepting that cultural factors explain the differential expression of behavior, while acknowledging the presence of psychological universals. By presenting findings on the role of skin color hue, hair texture and body shape in appraisals of body image among Black populations of women, Balogun-Mwangi demonstrates the altogether unique experiences of Black African women while highlighting how these may be understood as shared oppressions of womanhood.