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#1 Old 02-01-2005, 03:07 PM
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This is a bit of a rant...



I am so tired of people talking about being pale as a bad thing. I refuse to feel badly about my NATURAL skin colour.



It's not okay to tell someone they're "pale" and then suggest they use fake tanners, go to a tanning salon, or try some odd cosmetics. Guess what? some people find sexy, beautiful, or delicate. Would you approach a dark skinned individual and tell them to lighten up? No, Why? because it's rude and unfair as people have a natural colour that cannot be changed on a whim because of "fashion."



Why am I pale? well I'm certainly not ill. I'm pale because my ancestors lived in colder regions where the sun was not intense, thus, melanin was not as necessary for protection and the skin colour was less. It is genetic, and cannot be changed.



So the next time you say "pale" like it's a bad thing, think before you speak.

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#2 Old 02-01-2005, 03:19 PM
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Um, I've noticed that a lot of ppl on this board are quite proud of being pale so I don't think you'll run into anything bad in here.



I do have to say that I'm quite partial to the tanned look tho (as I have a permanent one ). Not that there's anything wrong with being pale tho.
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Pale girl in the house.
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Pale Girl here and I LOVE pale skin on guys, it's so so sexy



I always compliment people for their paleness



What can I say, I'm irish I have to love pale skin
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I know seriously. Awhile ago my dad was saying I'm too pale and that I should go out in the sun more, and stop using any SPF stuff I explained that's unhealthy, but he wouldn't believe me!! He thinks sun=good, pale=bad. Well, I'd rather not get skin cancer thank you, or look 100 years old when I'm 30
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I'm pale and have no wish to tan.

I've been teased for it, but I probably joke about it more than anyone else.

The only real criticism I've received for it has been from other women. It doesn't seem to bother men and it certainly doesn't bother me.
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I once had a guy at Wrigley Field yell out to me to get a tan or not wear a dress I told him to go f**k himself and went on my merry way.

I'm pale. I like being pale. I'd rather be pale then don a cancer tan so sue me



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bluegrrrl, exactly. I told people that in high school. One tanning bed queen was already getting crows feet at 17. And now I'm 30. Two years ago at the reunion, they told me I looked 'exactly the same.' And I couldn't tan if I tried.
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Tanned skin is higly over rated, pale people rock.
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I'm not really a makeup type of person. I put it on mainly for "special" occasions, but not every day. My mother has been on my case forever to wear makeup more often because I'm pale to the point of looking "dead", as she puts it. As a defense, I often put on a little makeup whenever I'm going to be seen by my mother. It might be a generational thing, My mother is of the WWII generation; I came of age with the feminist movement, so makeup and the fact that I look "dead" isn't as big a deal for me as for her.

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I am very, very pale. In my life I've only met one person paler then I am. I used to be jealous of my friends who tanned and didn't get crap from people about being so white (I've also gotten the "you should go to a tanning salon" advice, and it makes me mad). I've also had people think I was sick if I didn't wear makeup. GRRR...

Pale does not equal unhealthy; it equals Northern European heritage. Somehow I'm a throwback to the Irish in my background.



I finally realized that I was going to look a lot younger then all the sun-worshipers when I got a little older. I'm only 22, and I can already see some girls starting to look old because they've abused their skin so much. I'll trade tanning for looking young any day.
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I am pretty pale. I like how I look with a tan but it's not worth skin cancer, of which there is plenty in my pale family.



Still, I just wanted to say that there is pale, then there is pale. When I have been sickly and pale, it is not the same thing as when I am healthy and pale. When I am healthy, I have a little color in my cheeks and not the dark circles under my eyes. My skin tone is just different.



I think a lot of people, in their ignorance, associate anyone pale with being unhealthy.
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Thanks to the Scandinavians and Scots known as my ancestors, I'm quite the pale chick. I don't mind it per se, but I also wouldn't mind another shade or two of pigment so that people wouldn't constantly think I'm sick. Not sick, just whitey macwhite, thanks!
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It's funny how things change. Back in the day having pale skin was desirable to the point that courtesans covered themselves with white paint and powder. A tan was a sign that you were a lower class person who had to work out in the sun.
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Tanned skin is higly over rated, pale people rock.





ya damned skippy.
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Pale Girl here and I LOVE pale skin on guys, it's so so sexy



hey i'm a pale guy



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I'm not that pale, but I'm a lot paler than my bf and I love the contrast between our skins. Sorry, kind of off-topic, but I felt like sharing.
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I prefer to be called Melaninically Challenged.







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I don't think there's anything wrong with being pale either. As far as attraction goes I couldn't really care less.

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hey i'm a pale guy




Hey, I like pale guys...like:
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<<<this is me looking dark
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I used to think that perhaps someday I'd get enough freckles so they would blend together in a tan. At almost 49, I've given up on that dream - now I'm just hoping for the same effect from age spots.
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I consider myself very lucky to have insanely pale skin and dark features (something about the combo of polish, irish, french, and native american.)



i don't have tan, and i live in arizona. so obviously, i'd have one if it were something i was genetically destined to have.



and i'm okay with that. makes the goth look REALLY easy to pull off.
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now I'm just hoping for the same effect from age spots.


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I'm super pale. I don't tan. I just burn, then go back to white. I don't even try to tan. People can't freakin stop commenting on it like I wanted to hear their opinion. Its genetic.. my mom is pale and her mom is pale and i'm pale.

I've heard more than once that my skin is so perfect and looks like porcelain. On the plus side, I've had 2 zits my entire life.

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Oh, shut up.
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I'm super pale. I don't tan. I just burn, then go back to white. I don't even try to tan. People can't freakin stop commenting on it like I wanted to hear their opinion. Its genetic.. my mom is pale and her mom is pale and i'm pale.

I've heard more than once that my skin is so perfect and looks like porcelain. On the plus side, I've had 2 zits my entire life.



This was always pretty much my story too, until I started biking everywhere. Biking + Oklahoma+ Summertime+ Sun+ Constant exposure = sort of tan(ish) but only on my head/neck and arms.

I'd much rather be pale all over again than have this farmer's tan that I worked so hard to get........





I think pale looks better on the ladies than on the guys, but I'd rather be pale than have a nice melanoma collection.....
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For much of my life, I wanted to be paler than I am. When I was a little girl, I thought Lilith on Cheers was sooooo beautiful. She once made some comment about taking 7 showers a day, and I thought that if I took that many showers, my skin could be as fair as hers. That night I went into the bathroom and rubbed my forearms with cotton balls moistened with rubbing alcohol. I cried because the cotton balls were getting dirty, and they just kept picking up more dirt, but I could'nt see it on my skin. My mom found me, though, and explained that it's normal, I was silly, etc.



When I was a teenager I wore the fairest foundation and powder I could buy. When my hair is light blonde, my face has a strong pink tone to it that I don't like. It makes it much harder to disguise my dark circles, too. But I'm no longer trying to be paler than I am.
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Am I one of those weird pale people who's only ever had compliments about their skin colour? *shrugs* Guess that's not a bad thing!
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I'm naturally pale due to Celtic anscestry and I try to stay out of the sun so as to not get skin cancer. However, last time I had some blood tests my Vitamin D level was low. Sometimes you just can't win. On the plus side people generally guess my age at about 7-10 years younger than I actually am!
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