For some odd reason, when black women decide to wear their hair naturally, this decision is construed as a social commentary. When I came home for the first time, my grandfather asked me was I a social activist now because I had not straightened my hair. Contrarily, a white woman leaving the house without styling her hair is inconsequential. Without sounding like a toddler, this system is incredibly unfair. In a fair society, people would be able to make similar chooses with similar consequences. Instead, we face a system in which even our understanding of hair is subject to bias.
In the Dark and Lovely Ad, there is language entrenched in civil rights, including “You have a right to unstoppable curls” and “never shrink from who you are.” While our hair can be used to raise consciousness, this certainly should not be the assumption. Spade fights “for a world in which diverse gender expressions and identities occur, but none are punished and membership in these categories is used less and less to distribute rights and privileges” (29-30). His statement certainly can be applied to the world of beauty and hair care to create a fair environment for everyone.
Spade, Dean. “Resisting Medicine, Re/modeling Gender.” Berkeley Women’s Law Journal(n.d.):15-37. Print.