Tools of the Patriarchy: The Weaponization of Hair

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Tools of the Patriarchy is a biweekly column on the tools that establish men’s dominance in society, or, in other words, uphold the patriarchy. Whether or not these tools are used intentionally, they contribute to a world in which women are not equal to men.


“Telling women what they must or must not do with their hair—whether that be the color, texture, quantity or location—is just another way women’s agency over their own bodies is controlled,” write Klein and Gibbs. (@Madonna, @JaniceRhoshalle and @TraceeEllisRoss / Instagram)

From abortion to weight loss, the patriarchal tradition of policing women’s bodies is a strong and long lasting one. Telling women what they must or must not do with their hair—whether that be the color, texture, quantity or location of it—is just another way women’s agency over their own bodies is controlled.

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