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Black Women's Hair, Beauty, and Intra-Race Racism

This poll is interested in your opinion on Black women's hair, and what this says about beauty standards, and internalized or "legitimized" racism. And if you don't know what I mean by the term "natural hair", you should visit this site for an idea before completing the poll: Nappturality.
What race are you?
Black
White
Asian
Hispanic
Other
What sex are you?
Male
Female
Do you consider your surroundings (neighborhood, school) ethnically diverse?
Yes
No
Are your friends mostly:
your own race
pretty diverse
of races other than your own
what friends?
BLACK WOMEN: how's your hair?
permed
straightened, but no chemicals
texturized
natural, NO CHEMICALS
I'm bald
BLACK WOMEN: what's your hair length?
long (10+ inches)
medium (6-9 inches)
short (less than 6 inches)
Who's hair do you prefer? Or who's hair is closer to your ideal length/style?
<a href="http://www.cattdaddy.com/beyonce.jpg">Beyonce</a>
<a href="http://www.cattdaddy.com/aa/aa6.jpg">Aaliyah</a>
<a href="http://www.cattdaddy.com/alicia6.jpg">Alicia Keys</a>
<a href="http://www.cattdaddy.com/hal/halle43.jpg">Halle Berry</a>
<a href="http://www.cattdaddy.com/nia/nia10.jpg">Nia Long</a>
<a href="http://www.cattdaddy.com/countess.jpg">Countess Vaughn</a>
<a href="http://www.cattdaddy.com/holly5.jpg">Holly Robinson-Peete</a>
<a href="http://www.cattdaddy.com/eve.jpg">Eve</a>
<a href="http://www.cattdaddy.com/jill8.jpg">Jill Scott</a>
<A href="http://www.cattdaddy.com/lauryn/lauryn.jpg">Lauryn Hill</a>
<a href="http://www.cattdaddy.com/missy5.jpg">Missy</a>
<a href="http://user.tninet.se/~yck219b/badu74.jpg">Erykah Badu</a>
<a href="http://www.planet-hiphop.com/bgyrl/bgyrls/floetry.gif">Floetry</a>
<a href="http://www.greetsomeone.com/mag/octobera/buttons/macy.jpg">Macy Gray</a>
<a href="http://www.bachelorman.com/Media/Cast/Bledsoe/Janey.jpg">Tempest Bledsoe</a>
<a href="http://www.tkeyah.com/tkeyah.html">T'Keyah Crystal Keymah
<a href="http://image.pathfinder.com/essence/images/mix_ART_h_headley.jpg">Heather Headley</a>
BLACK WOMEN: If you currently wear your hair permed or straightened, why?
Because it's prettier that way.
It's easier to style.
I want versatility.
My man likes it.
My mom makes me!
Everyone else does it...
I want to look White.
BLACK WOMEN: Would you ever consider wearing you hair naturally? No chemicals, no straightening, no weaves?
No. My hair is too nappy for that.
No. It wouldn't look right on me.
No. I don't like natural hair.
No. I wouldn't know how to take care of it.
Maybe. If it would look curly or wavy.
Maybe. If no one would make fun of me for it.
Maybe. As long as I don't have to chop all of my hair off.
Yes. I want to do it.
Yes. I'm tired of being bothered with it.
Yes! My hair is badly damaged!
Yes. It's a way of getting in touch with my heritage.
Yes. Society sucks and should be changed!
I'm willing to do anything to my hair.
I AM napptural.
BLACK WOMEN: What are your goals concerning your hair?
I don't have goals.
Length, length, and more length!
I want healthy hair, despite how it looks.
I don't want ANY hair that I have to comb.
BLACK WOMEN: Do you realize that relaxing (perming and texturizer) your hair causes irreparable damage to it?
Yes, and I don't care.
Yes, but I don't know what to do about it.
I didn't know that!
I really don't care.
BLACK WOMEN: Does your hair grow fast?
Yes.
No.
Why do you think Black women's hair generally doesn't grow fast or long?
It does.
Irreparable chemical damage.
Damage done by heat-styling.
Damage done by not knowing how to take care of their hair.
Black hair just doesn't grow fast, period.
When you think of an attractive Black woman, what image comes to mind more readily?
BEYONCE
long hair
mid-length hair
short hair
lighter skin
darker skin
thin body with boobs and butt
thick body
thin body, no boobs and/or butt
light-colored hair (blondes, light browns, reds)
dark-colored hair (darkest browns, black)
BLACK WOMEN: Do you think you're attractive by society's standards?
Yes
No
Maybe
Black Women: Do you think you're attractive by YOUR standards?
Yes
No
Maybe
What do you think about nappy hair in general?
It looks good on darker-colored women and men only.
It looks good on lighter women and men only.
I hate it.
It's not attractive.
It must be tamed at all costs!
It's for men only.
It doesn't look right on every black person.
I love it.
It's the essence of the African person. Wear it with pride!
I'm ashamed of it.
As long as it's naturally curly or wavy, then it's okay.
What do you think about short, nappy hair, in general?
It's a big NO-NO.
It only looks good on dark women,
It only looks good on light women.
It looks good on every woman.
It's for lesbians only.
It looks good on some people, but not everyone.
Honestly, what do you think when you see a woman with shorter, nappy hair?
She looks like a boy.
She must be gay.
She's brave.
She's ugly.
She's beautiful.
It depends on who's wearing it.
Should more black women wear their hair naturally, whatever texture and whatever length it grows from their scalps?
No way.
Maybe.
Yes. It's claiming our right to be beautiful w/o altering our hair and bodies
And finally, what do you think of Beyonce?
Beautiful.
She's okay.
Skank.
She wears her hair naturally so I like her even though she wears blonde wigs
She wears blonde wigs. Ugh.
Conceited, arrogant hoochie!
Work it girl!
Who's this Beyonce you keep talking about?
You must really love Beyonce, huh pollster?
This poll was created on 2003-09-19 22:21:57 by shantygirl