|Willow Smith & Jada Pinkett Smih|
Urgh so gorgeous!
**A letter to a friend...
This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete.
The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women,girls are constantly reminded that they don't belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It's also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother's deepest insecurities, hopes and desires. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be. More to come. Another day.
When I read this I cried. I felt so strongly that this is right.
That We should be empowering young girls to believe that their body and minds belong to themselves.
That they are powerful and precious, that they have value and are special no matter what colour their hair.
In a world where women are a slave to looking perfect, where girls as young as 6 or 7 have eating disorders. We need to challenge the views set upon these little girls and us by society or perhaps even their mothers in some instances.
Then maybe just maybe we as women will allow our unique qualities to shine. We wont be afraid of what everyone thinks of us and indeed we wont be trying to please others at the expense of ourselves.
Maybe the world will be a more creative place?
Just an amazing statement from Jada and I salute her!
What do you all think, is she right? Should we allow our little girls the freedom to make their own choices?
Do you stop yourself from cutting your hair/doing what you want to do for fear of what others will think?
Much love and happiness Ashly xxx