What Should Be the Punishment for Touching a Black Woman’s Hair without Permission?

By JasmineHughes

Even with a growing number of Black women embracing their natural hair, there remains an immense fascination with it, this includes both other races and also some unfamiliar Blacks. It seems the ‘Puffy Hair Movement’ will take some getting used to.

For many who don’t know, the term “natural hair” for black women is defined as hair that is not processed and not chemically altered. Straightened hair is often viewed as easier to care for and more attractive, but for some, the dangers of a chemical straightener, like a relaxer, are too much.  So, instead, they opt to wear their hair in its natural state. Natural hair can be described as curly, kinky, wavy etc. the list goes on.

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  • nicole32

    my mother has natural hair and its very common where im from so the stares doesnt happen to her.

  • Anonymous

    Last winter, an Asian friend and I went to the Southern Caribbean together on a cruise.  I only gently relax my hair, so even after a chemical treatment, it is still pretty coarse with tight curls.  After swimming in the ocean, I allowed my hair to air dry.  Of course, as my hair got drier, it swelled, so I had a pretty nice Afro after about an hour an a half.  She asked to touch it, so I let her.  I didn’t find anything offensive about her request or her curiousity, I suppose because we are friends, and she did ask first. 

    I had a totally different experience at a job I worked at a few years ago.  A white male colleague of mine asked me how I got my hair to “do that”.  By “do that” I suppose he meant stay tightly curled around my scalp and grow out rather than down.  Without asking, he reached out his hand to touch it, almost like a toddler would reach out to touch an unfamiliar object simply out of curiousity.  I jerked away before he could make contact.  It was only then that he came back to his senses and realized that I was his colleague and not an animal in the petting zoo. 

    I don’t mind curiousity, but I do mind intrusiveness.