Behold, the latest godsend bestowed upon Sri Lankan women.
"an innovative new day spa focusing on luxuriously indulgent skin whitening rituals to pamper guests from head to toe."
"the latest money making scheme by Spa Ceylon, feeding on the insecurities of South Asian women left behind by our gracious colonisers.
Too dark, too fugly? All that melanine bothering you? Can't find a husband because your skin is just too damn brown? Spa Ceylon is here for you. Luxuriate in comfort while our staff pours chemicals all over you and increases your self worth, one tiny bottle of bullshit at a time.
Oh and look at all these lovely people supporting the cause. All these brown, brown Sri Lankans, decked out in white glamour, hating their skin and so, so glad that Spa Ceylon is here to save them from the brown curse.
That comment, right there, is why every single thing about this endeavour is wrong. Spa Ceylon should be ashamed, to their very core, about not just supporting this whole whitening nonsense that is the bane of every South Asian woman, but dedicating a whole segment of their business to it. But I suppose principles and human decency go out the window when money walks in the door.
I am disappointed. Disappointed by our people who support and promote this farce; disappointed that there are faces I know in those two albums; disappointed that I know our well-to-do ladies will flock to this establishment; disappointed at the message it sends our young girls: that you are not beautiful in your own skin, that your dark skin is something that needs "fixing".
As a feminist, nothing hurts me more than seeing greedy capitalists feeding off women's insecurities, created by other greedy capitalists. I hope people boycott Spa Ceylon for this. As if taking our traditional herbal medicines and making a mockery of them wasn't enough, they now make a mockery of our women and men as well.
This is a sad day.