Women In African Tribe Protest Painful ‘Lip Plate’ Beautification Process

by / April 23, 2014 Black News 33 Comments

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The Ethiopian Suri Tribe defines beauty based upon the size of a womans lip plate. www.blacklikemoi.com

Ethiopian Suri Tribe Member

Reported by Barry Burch Jr.

The phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” typically means that beauty is unique to the person viewing it.  However, beauty may also be interconnected with geography.  While rather skinny women may grace our magazines in America, a rather plump one would have all the guys chasing after them in China. Very similarly, women in America with flawless faces are usually put on a peddle-stool, while in Africa, it’s all about the lip plate.

Sure, it may not look like the fashion choice for your average American, but for the Ethiopian Suri tribe, it’s more than fashion, it’s a sign of beautiful.   

The process of lip plate insertion begins after puberty has been reached.  It involves two of the girl’s bottom teeth being removed during an intense ritual, then a small hole being cut into her bottom lip, as reported by Mail Online.

After the hole has been inserted, a clay disk is put into it, which stretches the lip.  The process is akin to flesh-tunnel piercing, which has become popular among teenagers in the U.K.

The significance of the lip plate is great.  The larger it is, the more cows the girl’s father can demand from another man in exchange for her hand in marriage.  The standard price, according to Mail Online is 40 cows for a small plate and 60 cows for a larger one.

While men have their body beautification requirements as well, they are much less taxing.  The men usually paint their bodies with a basic paint made from herbs and plants mixed with soil.  Their ritual involves the tribesmen covering themselves with it before sculpting it into patterns.

Young women have been saying “no” to lip plates as of late.  The stretching of the lip is incredibly painful, and the removal of their teeth is no better.

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33 Comment

  1. The madness continues.

  2. Well I can sort of see how big fat lips with no teeth can be desirable.

  3. I don't think I would want this beautification ritual. I'll stick to wearing lipstick.

  4. I understand rituals and the way other people believe buy, if one does not want it, it should not happen.

    I would protest it for them.. There are other ways of obtaining cows other than this painful ritual.

    Old and outdated.. Dinosaur are old and outdated so should this painful action.

  5. I understand rituals and the way other people believe by, if one does not want it, it should not happen.

    I would protest it for them.. There are other ways of obtaining cows other than this painful ritual.

    Old and outdated.. Dinosaur are old and outdated so should this painful action.

  6. Baby it's not peddle-stool, it's pedestal. Where the flip is your editor?

  7. Lupita? Is dat you???

  8. I praty that this ritual is banned as I believe the cutting of the vagina was.

  9. These can't be an award winning writer, he can't spell.

  10. * This

  11. Chang.org I know I would sign a petition for the end of this painfully displayed ritual of women. And not funny JMC.

  12. I thought it was just me! I have to tell you, with glaring grammatical errors like this, I'm less inclined to read blog publications! Horrible editing!

  13. Actually there is ritual called scarification that men do as well. bottom line is there are a lot of practices from the old world that shouldn't happen.

  14. The dumbest adornment before fix-a-flat injections… At some point you'd want to leave the 12th & 14th century back there where it belongs and evolve..

  15. This adornment has been going on for hundreds of years, it is time for the men to add plates to their genitals or scrotums. It would be a fair exchange in body mutilation.

  16. WoW…how much you wanna bet he has a masters degree?

  17. Look, this is real simple….just let it be a choice…should not be thrown on woman because of tradition….ok, so all the girls who get the lip thingy all get married first….good for them….but I will be the last to marry with my lips intact…..LOL

  18. Ok call out the grammar errors but let's not forget that these poor girls need a voice. They definitely should have a choice, so sad.

  19. Barbaric! Can not believe this still goes on in today’s world.

  20. The only thing I could do is bust up laughing like a mf. As soon as I saw the Picture I went berserk. I know a few black women who I would do this to so they could STFU. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH…

  21. I'm thinking this is SOLELY done for sexual pleasure!!

  22. One who thinks that this is laughable and funny, just imagine if all that pain was in your face, imagine how it feels to yourself, believe me its no laughing matter. You can bet it would hurt you like he** and someone laughing at you would not be funny to you!!!!
    I truly sympathize for these women……..

  23. You should feel with your heart not your feet!!!!

  24. This is so awful…..At first I thought maybe they were using interns but even if they are…what the heck is a "peddle-stool"? I'm ashamed

  25. This just made me think about how we as Black women are always being criticized for accepting the European way of beauty standards. First of all most of us do not think that way…we just simply do what we have seen our mothers and aunts do all of our lives. And I don't know about any other woman…but I am not going to do anything that's hurts long term to be accepted as beautiful…..

  26. The assholes doing this to these women should have those plates shoved up their asses.

  27. Caidence MaCall , English is not my mother tongue so I thought it was just a word I didn't know. Then I went to the translator and it said: Did you mean pedestal??? Jajajaja!!! They need to do a better job…

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  29. It was an attempt at a pun. Didn't you get it. Peddle Stool. Pedestal. Selling of beauty……get it?

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