Finally, someone knows how to take on those judgy mombie types. Thank you, Jada Pinkett Smith. Have you ever checked out her Facebook page? Girlfriend keeps it real. She likes to send out long, heartfelt messages to "a friend" (i.e., you). And in one of her most recent messages, she took on moms who had an issue with her allowing her daughter, 11-year-old Willow, to cut off all of her hair and dye it blonde. I know it's hard to believe, but some moms actually took issue with this. Oh wait, it's not hard to believe. Because some moms take issue with everything! But Jada put them in their place. Here's what she had to say ...
Jada wrote on her Facebook page:
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.
I thought that was a pretty good response, don't you? At the end of the day, it is only hair. It grows back. Unlike, say, the tattoo I bugged my mother for at age 14. Her answer: "You can get one when you're 18." At 18, I no longer wanted one.
Why on earth would anyone have a problem with a kid choosing to sheer off her hair? And yet ... and yet. Of course some moms had a problem. One replied:
I disagree with you ... If you allow ur daughter to do any and everything because she has "control over her own body" what makes you think she respects you as a mother instead of respecting you as simply a friend.
Errr, I'm sure Jada would draw the line at anything she considered out of the realm of her daughter's decision-making capabilities. But hair? It grows baaaaaaack, people. As for her tongue piercing, it's fake.
Do you let your child make his or her own style choices?
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