The great Vaseline skin-whitening controversy of 2010: danah boyd weighs in

"What intrigues me the most about the anti-Vaseline discourse is that it seems to be Americans telling the global south (which is mostly in the northern hemisphere) that they're being oppressed by American companies. The narrative is that Vaseline is selling whitening products to perpetuate colonial ideals of beauty. In the story that I'm reading, those seeking to consume whitening products are simply oppressed voiceless people who clearly can't have any good reason for wanting to purchase these products other than their own self-hatred with regard to race."— danah boyd on controversy around the skin-whitening Facebook ad campaign which was blogged recently here on Boing Boing.