Friday, February 12, 2016

Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession edited by Elizabeth Benedict

We all have it. Some of us love it and others of us hate it. It can be short or long, stick straight, wavy, or Shirley Temple curly. With the added frizz of a humid day, it can make you look like you have a poodle sitting on top of your head. It gets tangled and messy. And don't even get started on the plethora of colors it can be. Hair.

Ask many women and at some point in their life, they're bound to complain about their hair. What's all the fuss about? In the new book, Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession, edited by Elizabeth Benedict, the topic of, not only hair, but sexuality, feminism, culture are discussed. The authors, coming from all different races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds make the argument that hair is often tied to who a woman is. For Suleika Jaouad losing her hair during chemotherapy made her think back about how as growing up as Tunisian woman she wanted to badly to assimilate that she tried to put blonde in her jet black hair. Hasidic Jew Deborah Feldman begged her bubbe (grandmother in Yiddish) for short hair. When her grandmother said no, Feldman realized the implications hair and the Holocaust had left on her Holocaust survivor grandmother.

Twenty-seven different women all talk about their hair, and as a result this book takes an interesting look at what it's like to be a woman. While each of these women come from different backgrounds, there is one thing they all have in common--their hair.