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A quasi-academic look at Feminism, politics & race relations through the lens of a 20-something year old Nigerian American who was born & raised up in the (still) segregated south but has relocated to the "liberal" yet historic & traditional north.
This blog is my space for an interdisciplinary examination of race, gender, class, sexuality - all things intersectional & multi-dimensional.
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So every once in a while twitter has a Trending Topic that creeps its way on the feminist blogosphere. Today’s Dove sponsored #dearhair Trending Topic is one of those TTs.

Dove is encouraging people all over twitter to write a letter to their hair telling it how much they hate it. So they can… buy Dove products through they’re own self hatred I suppose…

This is irritating because, as a 21 yr old Woman of Color I JUST got to the point where I’ve not only fully accepted my own natural hair - but i’ve grown to love it for what it naturally is. Not to say I didn’t spend my entire summer trying to see what products and conditioners “work” with my hair. But my hair acceptance journey definitely didn’t come about from hair product companies encouraging me to indulge in self hatred.

We’re always encouraged to talk about what we hate about ourselves, and never encouraged to love ourselves for who we are. We’re always pushed to compare ourselves to others (and others are probably pushing themselves to be like you or I) We’re always our harshest critic and these are reasons why. I’m tired of this “I want what I don’t have” mentality when it comes to beauty standards

So i’m calling for a twitter bomb of this #dearhair nonsense. A friend of mine on twitter also suggested we started tweeting  #myhairisbeautiful and #stfudove