First of all, I owe all the readers a big E-Hug for my week away lol
Every now and then a vacation and/or break is in order for sanity.
SO, in getting back in the swing of things…
One issue I’ve been thinking about lately is natural hairstyles and men.
Supposedly, attitudes towards black women who wear their natural hair in the workplace are shifting. *please reminisce with me to the Glamour Magazine drama in 2007*
After awhile this had me thinking…where does that leave the brothas?
It’s kind of a completely different ball game for them, simply because of the status quo: All men are usually expected to cut their hair in a corporate setting. Regardless of race – whether black, white, Latino, Asian, or whatever – once things start inching past the roots, its away with the hair for most fellas.
Although corporate settings in larger cities (like Chicago, New York, Atlanta etc) may give brothas a little lee-way. It seems that natural (or even afro-centric) hair styles are being seen more and more as a woman’s prerogative. If a woman ditches relaxers for whatever reason (damage due to chemicals, embracing her identity, etc) and rocks more natural styles – it’s not necessarily assumed that she’s hair politicking in the office. For guys, however, it may be a different story.
I found a BNET article from 2001 (click the link to read) that talks about this issue a bit more, but I wonder… how much have things changed over the last 8 years – if at all?
My questions to you are…
What’s your opinion on natural styles (like neatly kempt corn rows, dreds, twists, etc) on black men in the work place? Do you think employers handle things fairly? Do you even think that black women are getting less slack for rocking natural styles- do your experiences suggest otherwise?
And for the men out there, how do you feel about the matter? Any personal stories or perspectives?
:: I’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts::