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Originally posted by Rowe:
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
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Originally posted by Khalliqa:
issue four: why is there such a need to justify or minimize the effects of white folx proselytizing the straight haired/wavy haired woman as the standard and its effects on black women? only people I know who do that are crackas and negroes...


The justifications are erking me too... It's either a form of denial or something fishy is goiong on. Maybe it's youth...


Sister Oshun, notice there isn't as nearly as much controversy over hair in the brother's discussion about hair style choices. Oh the brothers are over there, chattin' it up, and happily posting pictures of themselves looking and feeling stress free and worry free. Get into the Sista's Spot, and here we go with the drama, shame, and condemnation. I understand and can relate to both sides of the argument, however. And because I try to seek balance in a discussion, I'm not able to take one position over another. But I will make the observation that because it is socially acceptable for women to grow their hair at length, we carry the heaviest burden in terms of people expecting us to use our hair to make a political statement. Men have the choice to either keep their hair closely shaven or bald, and no one can readily determine or question the status of their consciousness (lucky them). A Black woman, on the other hand, gets a perm, and BAM!, she's an ignorant sellout. Later on, she decides to sport a fro, and WHAMO! she's credited for being pro-Black. It seems to me that women tend to be their own worst enemies.


~ munchRowe, I wonder if there is even this level of controversy surrounding the subject among African women in Africa. Do you happen to know the consensus? For instance, the woman on your previous avatar --- I believe she wore a blue and gold clothe --- her hair definintely appears to have been straightened by some means, yet I doubt her African pride gets challenged. And the woman in your present avatar ---- the one holding the baby --- appears to definitely have been set on rollers. 19hmmmm. Are they "westernized" to a fault?...less African?...simply because they idulge in the hairstyle versatility that is available? Or is this [allegation of self-hatred] just something that African-American women seem to have issues with, from what you've seen or experienced? munch~
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