For every womxn that has heard the words "I don't know why girls have short hair or shave their heads. Real womxn have long beautiful hair"....For every time a man has believed he had a right to tell us how to wear our hair. For every time we were made to feel like we should look or act a certain way, this is for you. This is for my daughter. She is always watching and learning from me what a womxn should be and I want her to always know that a womxn should be whomever she pleases. She should be true to herself. She should know her strength inside of her and follow her instincts. But most of all I do this for myself.
This is a step I have always known I needed to take towards self discovery and ownership of my body. This is important to me. I don't need hair on my head to be desirable or to feel empowered. I have nothing to hide behind. My uneven eyes, my freckles, my crooked stained teeth, my acne, my blemishes, my double chin...it's all here. This is me in all of my rawness. The length of my hair does not define my beauty, my femininity, or my sexuality. I feel scared and empowered and exhilarated. It's a flurry of emotions. I never thought I could ever be strong enough to do this. I am and I did it.
And for those of you worrying about how I could do this, don't worry... it's not your body, it's not your choice, and it grows back. And, it's okay if you don't like it or you wouldn't do it or you think it's ugly. It's not for you. ✊
As my 4yo daughter said, "you can change your hair or what you wear, no matter what you do, you're still you." If a 4yo can get it, any adult reading this should be able to as well. And she also said I look like dad's character from Mass Effect, so that is pretty cool. 😎
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