Because Africa always gets a bad rap in the Western media, not many of its positive aspects are in the forefront of the minds of most Americans. What they see is black women who do not wear tops and speak an odd language. Here are some of the most popular stereotypes about continental African women (note I am not speaking of African American women):
- Bush Girl/Woman – These are the women who live in isolated, often very hot, dry regions in Africa. They wear no tops, but bottoms, they are sharing a husband with other women of their clan/village. They have weird body mods i.e. neck rings, large disk implanted in their bottom lips, etc. They generally do not speak English.
- The City Girl – The city girl is a spoiled, well- to-do, whiny young African woman. She ranges in age from 17 to 24. Her parents are usually university educated people with the father being a university professor. Her parents dote on her every want and need, including hiring someone to kill her rival (usually another city girl who is in love with the same guy she is). This results in her being able to court/marry her true love without competition. She is herself university educated, but unlike her parents, completed her education abroad, i.e. Europe or the States. She is attractive like the Princess/Mermaid (see below), but unlike that stereotype, City Girl is not equipped to run a household because she has had maids around her since she was a toddler.
- The First Wife – The first wife is just that. The one married to her husband first and having to live with a subsequent wife that her husband chose. She is usually older, overweight, and bitter about her husband having chosen a younger woman to come into their home. To turn her husband against the new wife, she usually goes to a traditional woman in the bush who can offer her a spell to make this happen, thus ending the stay of the new wife.
- Princess/Mermaid – This is the woman most men in Africa drool over. She is slender, submissive, feminine, and looks great, cooks and cleans and has strong traditional family values so much so that she has no qualms about being the third addition to a man who already has two wives. Because she is pretty, she more than likely skipped education to become the mistress of a “big man” to provide for her and her relatives. She usually comes from a poor family and will resort to this lifestyle to gain money to pay for her younger siblings school fees. She may even work sometimes as a secretary or a waitress, but Mermaids know that this doesn’t pay all the bills, only a “big man’s” wealth does. When it is time to marry, she usually has to take the position of an additional wife because single African men want virgins.