Me, My Hair, and I

Me, My Hair, and I is an essay collection edited by Elizabeth Benedict. The book features 27 essays from 27 different women about their hair. The book’s thesis appears in the introduction. Benedict states that if you “ask a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life” (Benedict xiii). All of the women featured in the collection use their hair to talk about politics, race, identity, feminism, and ethnicity.

One of the most interesting insights from the book is that women’s hair can never be neutral it always makes some sort of statement. A man can have hair that just is, but a woman can never.


I really loved this essay collection. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the intersection of style, beauty and politics.


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