Interesting blog post over at Coco & Creme. Now, I don’t know if I totally agree with the writer, but I do have my issues with Mixed Chicks — especially after the whole #teamlightskin thing a couple of months ago. Here’s a clip from the article:
Our various skin shades and hair textures are still used as tools of both internal and external oppression in a pointed way that keeps most black women tied up in knots that strangle our self-esteem. Our hair textures can’t help but be a major measuring stick of our relative value as beautiful or ugly. Hair makes us competitive against each other, and not having “good hair” can make us hate ourselves – or at least make escaping the chains of a self-hating self image an ongoing battle, even if many of us win it.
What do you think? I’ve commented on my thoughts about how many women in the natural hair community idolized more curly hair textures. If you don’t have very good self-esteem or self-confidence, then yeah, these images can bring you down and reinforce unrealistic, European beauty standards. Anyhoo, head over to Coco & Creme to read the full article and the comments — it’s a pretty hot discussion over there.