Hair shaming! Are we really doing this? Are the internet trolls really ignorant enough to judge the appearance of someone’s hair that has made the lifetime accomplishment of competing in the Olympics? My struggling thoughts for the past week!
The Olympics are a series of games where the world’s top athletes compete for the opportunity to win medals while representing their country! I know you know what it is. I am just baffled that the internet is acting as if they don’t. When you take a stab at Gabby Douglas and other women for the appearance of their hair, you hurt all of us.
I mean seriously, I was boiling, 38, big mad when I saw posts speaking on Gabby’s hair AGAIN. I take it personal and so should you if you are an African American woman. I have written about it time and time again. One of the top reasons why black women will not work out is for fear of messing up their hair. When a woman is competing at life (Olympics, WNBA, Hypertension, Diabetes, stress, etc.), she is not expected to look like Cookie on Empire, Olivia Pope on Scandal, or Mary Jane Paul on Being Mary Jane. There is a time and place for everything and BLACK WOMEN: There’s NO Room for Hair Shaming in Fitness!
These are some pictures that I’ve posted on social media!
NO THEY ARE NOT FLATTERING particularly in the area of hair maintenance & I DON’T THINK TWICE ABOUT POSTING THEM!
I always ask people if they don’t mind posing for the after workout glow photo. The purpose for posting these is to encourage someone out there on my timeline. People are encouraged to workout by any number of things (similar build, professions, stage of life, race, HAIR)! It is very important to me to post just as many workout photos as glamorous ones. I want my readers and followers to know that your hair does not have to be SLAYED 100% of the time. That is so unrealistic from a healthcare perspective. The Olympics, gymnasium, your den, the health club are not the venues for the Miss Universe Pageant! Let’s not try to hold people to those standards.
Besides, there’s always the transformation!
Here’s the thing about the transformation….
I found this floating around social media and while I absolutely LOVE IT, it doesn’t paint the true picture.
The truth is, just like you and me, they are women and they have feelings. No matter how many accomplishments that are acheived in the Olympics and for us common folks in life, hair shaming is cruel and it hurts to have people take stabs at your hair.
I encourage everyone before they make a post or comment about someone’s hair to just insert your mama’s name in the subject and test out the visual on your twitter feed before you post it. If it isn’t cute directed toward YO MAMA, I’m pretty sure it’s inappropriate.
Yes we are going there. I am super elated to see women who look like me winning at life and having the platform to encourage others to do the same. I seriously feel like these little Olympic champions are my virtual little sisters. Big sisters come through when the bullies get out of hand! I couldn’t get to Wednesday fast enough to put my two cents in the inter-MESS!
Yours in Healthy, Active, & Prosperous Lifestyles,
Rx Fitness Lady wants to know…
- What is your favorite sport to watch in the Olympics?
- How do you wear your hair while working out?
Rx Fitness Lady
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