And with that I am done sounding like a know-it-all.
I hear you, there are a lot of reasons people don't work out, but if we assume everyone who doesn't is lazy or unmotivated or making excuses, that stops us from seeing the other reasons and maybe finding solutions. I really think that, outside of lhcf, many Black women still are very limited in their hair care repertoire. (Maybe they don't have the hours to spend on here that we do lol.)
And yeah, it did seem like Black women were being called out somewhat (as usual) so I see what you mean that the article could have been more neutral. But there's a fine line between making the comment neutral and watering it down so much that it doesn't reach the intended audience.
Bottom line, this is one of those things that was very likely meant to be helpful, but can be interpreted and used all kinds of ways, including to stereotype us. But I don't think that was her intention.
Also, yes, she (the surgeon general) is larger, but not everybody who works out is thin. Everybody has a different natural weight range.
“The role of the surgeon general is traditionally, and appropriately, to take on big issues,” said Jeff Stier, a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank. “I don’t know whether the surgeon general’s role is to engage in smaller issues like this. It strikes me as bizarre.”
But it's not a small issue, it's a very big issue. This is a real health disparity, that a much larger proportion of Black women are overweight than women of other ethnicities. It's exactly the surgeon general's job to address things like this. If she has some access to the Black community by virtue of being a Black woman herself, and if she can speak to a barrier to exercise - like hair - that's fairly unique to our people, I think it's a good thing that she speaks up.
I know plenty of women who avoid breaking a sweat if they are a couple days out from a fresh salon do. I guess LHCF is different.
Next time she should preface her statements with an offensive joke like "just woke up from the worst nightmare-i was trampled in a stampede of fat black women going to get their hair did. But on a serious note, we've got to do better, studies show..."You mean like Boris Kodjoe?
Next time she should preface her statements with an offensive joke like "just woke up from the worst nightmare-i was trampled in a stampede of fat black women going to get their hair did. But on a serious note, we've got to do better, studies show..."
As much as I hear or read about the excuse black women don't exercise because of their hair I have yet to hear someone irl say so.
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