- So, there is this piece at New Statesman about hair, written by Laurie Penny. It's not particularly well written. It's entirely about experiences of white women hair however, as many pointed out, it is illustrated with a photo of Lupita Nyong'o thus, implying that the politics of Black woman's hair and all other Women of Color's hair (aka what is usually referred to as "ethnic hair") also apply to the text. I started the convo illustrating how this piece purported to be about "women" when in reality, it was about white women. So, I started by sharing my own story involving my own hair.
- — Flavia Dzodan (@redlightvoices)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:17:07I'll tell little story abt how "rebellious" short hair is. First time I went to a Dutch hair salon with my dark Latina mane, curls like life
- — Flavia Dzodan (@redlightvoices)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:17:48You gotta understand my hair is VERY curly and VERY textured. *Nothing* like a White woman's hair. And back then it was very long
- — Flavia Dzodan (@redlightvoices)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:19:09While saying stuff like "but WHAT ARE YOU?! we've never seen hair like this!". This was my 1st experience w/ hair in The Netherlands
- — Flavia Dzodan (@redlightvoices)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:19:45They wanted to cut it short and get this, put chemicals to remove my textured curls. So tell me again how shirt hair is rebellious?
- — Flavia Dzodan (@redlightvoices)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:21:44Of course, at the time, I didn't know WoC went to *other* salons. But suggestion from my first experience here was that I cut it short
- — Flavia Dzodan (@redlightvoices)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:24:11So now, I read this stuff and I'm all HA HA HA. NO! http://www.newstatesman.com/laurie-penny/2014/01/why-patriarchy-fears-scissors-women-short-hair-political-statement …
- People started to share their own experiences and/ or personal stories about their hair and how they related to the piece I was initially discussing.
- — Lauren the Poet (@LaurenThePoet)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:26:37@redlightvoices Short hair can definitely add a spin to the 'ideal' form of beauty that patriarchy counters.
- — sp0ka (@sp0ka)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:26:59@redlightvoices this is seriously just the worst kind of piece. *I* am white with short hair & I do not have these weird martyr/hero feels.
- — Flavia Dzodan (@redlightvoices)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:29:04I cut it relatively short a couple of years ago (it's back long now) bc finding a good salon is so freaking tiring for my hair
- — Vendela Engblom (@vendieng)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:29:15@redlightvoices not if you're a queer woc. My ex went to a white girl salon bc where she went first were not great about her in short hair.
- — The Goldfish (@goldfish)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:33:47@redlightvoices There's age in this tpo - in middle aged women, longer hair is seen as immature - a "serious" woman has shortish hair.
- — Susanna Forrest (@Susanna_Forrest)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:34:22
- — Darth Mama (@kristamonster)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:34:52@redlightvoices My hair is not the norm for Germanic countries (though I've seen other white women with it), and I got it butchered in A'dam
- — Bailey (@the_author_)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:39:08Like, there HAS to be an acknowledgement of the intersecting ways patriarchy and racism affect hair for many, many people
- — Lauren the Poet (@LaurenThePoet)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:39:19
- — Jane Doe, MD (@DrJaneChi)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:47:39
- — Trudy (@thetrudz)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:42:25
- — Jane Doe, MD (@DrJaneChi)Mon, Jan 27 2014 20:51:31
Pulling my hair - a media strategy
Last night I was having a conversation on Twitter about hair and this happened.
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