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Exoticization is a type of stereotype often directed at women of color in the United States that objectifies and glamorizes them. Here, women of color are considered “Other,” or alien to the dominant majority group (i.e., White Americans in the United States). For women of color, exoticization is a racial and gendered experience that often causes psychological distress. The following entry discusses how exoticization affects the lives of women of color in the United States.

Women of Color: Double Minorities

In this entry, women of color are defined as all non-White women in the United States. Historically, women of color have been subjected to themes of exoticization for several centuries. As with other racial/ethnic minority stereotypes, exoticization can range from subtle to overt exoticization. When encountering exoticization ...

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