View Poll Results: Do white people have an opinion on ethnic hairstyles

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  • As long as said ethnic hairstyle looks kept, I don't care

    52 37.68%
  • I think ethnic hairstyles such as afros and dreadlocks are unprofessional

    11 7.97%
  • I think straight hair looks better on black women

    9 6.52%
  • I've never even gave it a thought

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Thread: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    The problem arises...
    No. Your problem arises in attempting to dictate what hairstyle a women should have dependent on her race. Ridiculous. Every woman has the right to choose whatever hairstyle she fancies.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    No. Your problem arises in attempting to dictate what hairstyle a women should have dependent on her race. Ridiculous. Every woman has the right to choose whatever hairstyle she fancies.
    Exactly.
    And every woman (and every man) should be free to choose without subtle social pressure telling them that their race/ ethnicity isn't good enough, and that they should attempt to emulate white people in order to be acceptable in the workplace (in a society which is, not surprisingly, still ruled by a white power structure).

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    I've never colored my hair, or straightened it. I haven't had a perm in it since I graduated high school 20 years ago. I get highlights occasionally. Like, once every 5 years or so.



    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    I sometimes dye my hair to cover up the gray.
    But I haven't done that in a long time.
    I don't do any of these other things.
    That's why I used the word "or" ladies. I didn't say all of the above.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    And every woman (and every man) should be free to choose without subtle social pressure telling them that their race/ ethnicity isn't good enough, and that they should attempt to emulate white people in order to be acceptable in the workplace (in a society which is, not surprisingly, still ruled by a white power structure).
    In the past this was a valid gripe indeed, but not so much today. You should get out more.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by StandUpChuck View Post
    That's why I used the word "or" ladies. I didn't say all of the above.
    Well, I haven't dyed my hair in a long time (not to say I never will again; I might someday).
    And many other women do nothing to their hair, ever. (Missypea).

    And I never colored my hair to look "more professional".
    If anything, I probably look more professional with my gray streak, which makes me look older.
    I colored my hair to look younger and sexier.

    There's a difference. Do you see the difference?
    Society is not telling me that I need to change anything about my natural appearance in order to look "more professional".
    Society basically tells me that in order to look "professional", all I have to do is not to change my natural appearance overmuch (ie, the "mohawk" example, pink hair, etc).
    On the other hand, claiming that black women look better with "straight" or processed hair is telling them the opposite: that their natural appearance is unacceptable in a professional setting, and that in order to be "professional" they should alter it to an extreme degree.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Well, I haven't dyed my hair in over a year (not to say I never will again; I might someday).
    And many other women do nothing to their hair, ever. (Missypea).

    And I never colored my hair to look "more professional".
    If anything, I probably look more professional with my gray streak, which makes me look older.
    I colored my hair to look younger and sexier.

    There's a difference. Do you see the difference?
    Society is not telling me that I need to change anything about my natural appearance in order to look "more professional".
    Society basically tells me that in order to look "professional", all I have to do is not to change my natural appearance overmuch (ie, the "mohawk" example, pink hair, etc).
    On the other hand, claiming that black women look better with "straight" or processed hair is telling them the opposite: that their natural appearance is unacceptable in a professional setting, and that in order to be "professional" they should alter it to an extreme degree.

    Missy straightens her hair every morning. I also included straightening in those things which every woman I know has done at some point.

    Society doesn't tell anyone anything, since society cannot speak as one. If you want to look professional, hair is a good start. If you don't, don't bother. Do you wash and comb? Do you use products? We all do something, and that something depends on how we want to be viewed. Frankly, I couldn't care less about society. I just dress and do my hair for me.

    I see what you're saying about black women, but I don't agree that all fro's look unprofessional. Some look real cute. But it's the same for caucasian women with say long hair. If it's hanging down to your a$$ with split ends and dandruff, it's not going to look as refined as long hair cut just enough to look styled.
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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    On the other hand, claiming that black women look better with "straight" or processed hair is telling them the opposite: that their natural appearance is unacceptable in a professional setting, and that in order to be "professional" they should alter it to an extreme degree.
    That's odd then. According to your subtle-coercion formula, one would expect to see all black women in academia, business, movies, television, commercials, magazines, etc. with straight "acceptable" hair. I don't see this phenomena at all. I don't think anyone else does either.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    One would think a forum member of your alleged status, Tashah, would be able to debate a hypothetical topic (we're both white, after all, so what else could it be besides hypothetical?) without employing subtle putdowns of her opponent's position in every post ("wtf, lol"; "You should get out more", etc), if there were any validity at all to her position and if she wasn't defensive because she realizes, deep down, that her position is inherently racist.
    These putdowns are merely a subconscious defense mechanism. We begin to employ them when we realize, on some level, that the positions we are attempting to defend are in fact indefensible.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Let's face it Ten. There are literally thousands of hair products today strictly for black women. Why? Because black women are a huge market and black women (like all women) prefer a vast range of choice.

    Your racism arguments here are specious and quite frankly... out of vogue.

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    Re: Do white people care how black women wear their hair?

    Let's face it Ten. There are literally thousands of hair products today strictly for black women. Why?
    Because systematic racism still exists in our culture, and there is a constant and subtle societal pressure on black women to alter their natural appearance and attempt to emulate white women.

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