'Not Quite White' delves into the fetishisation of mixed race people in the dating world
"Being mixed, I am a lot of fetishes," writes Laila Woozeer in their memoir Not Quite White.
Woozeer — a queer non-binary writer, musician, and author — has penned a book that delves into what it’s like growing up mixed race in the UK.
You can read an exclusive extract of Not Quite White below, in which Woozeer shares their experiences of dating and relationships while coming up against casual racism, microaggressions, not to mention fetishisation.
Because white girls achieved this via fake tan, make-up, extensions, falsies, and cosmetic surgery, it wasn’t understood that people also naturally look this way.
Another time a white woman looked over at my bare stomach, asking, "Wow, you’re really that same colour all over?"
Brown women in the media were glamorous: Priyanka Chopra, Jameela Jamil, Hannah Simone — slender silhouettes and long glossy hair.
Girls’ bathrooms get held up as bastions of sisterly support: when filled with white women I found them hostile.
Laila Woozeer, author of "Not Quite White."
Instead, I revolved around people who came into my life organically — friends of friends, colleagues from gigs, people at house parties.
Same weird biases, same promises of 'I’ll be with you forever' after mere weeks, way more weird fetish projection.
He liked me, friends were supportive, it was the least problematic thing I'd heard that week.
Not Quite White by Laila Woozeer (£16.99, Simon & Schuster) is out today and is available from Amazon and all good bookshops.