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In this article, Charles Blow analyzes his daughter’s saying, “Hair is political” when changing her
hair. The word political connotes controversy and differing opinions towards particular political
actions. For Charles’ daughter, the act of altering her hair is “political” in the sense that it signifies
the sign of suppressing her beauty and worth. Instead, she believes that “presenting herself as
nature was an act of self-loving defiance”. This act of keeping natural hair suggests that instead of
conforming to subliminal messages and societal judgements, his daughter believes that people
should search for the truth of their prejudices and not adhere to societal standards.
However, to Charles, his daughter message prevails this notion. In this article, Charles’ expresses
that the act of self-acceptance is, in itself, revolutionary. However, we all have been pervaded with
a mixture of “misogyny, patriarchy, racism, sexism, homophobia and hetero-normative idealism”
through the world and media. Nonetheless, Charles highlights that every time we choose not to
play along, we gain the significant action of ordinary bravery and our identity.
Charles also mentions that “life is an endless negotiation with ourselves and the world about who
we are”. Through metaphor, Charles highlights the dialogue between how we view ourselves “the
truest truth of who we are” and how the world perceives us. However, one of Charles’ key points
suggests that people declare themselves as nonconformists since they recognize that “there are a
variety of intersections to subjugation”. This means people are not conforming to prevailing ideals
or practices. To highlight this, in the quote “it’s darkest before the dawn”, Charles conveys a
positive connotation of hope whereby gender equality is becoming a norm, racial inequality is
diminishing, and acknowledgement of sexual identity is increasingly less criticized.
Using the quotes by E.E.Cummings “To be nobody-but-yourself - in a world which is doing its
best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any
human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”, Charles highlights the struggle of society against
conformity. Although this quote identifies the act of self-acceptance as a “battle”, a word that
alludes to pain and distress, it also suggests that everyone is trying to find their own identity and
self-acceptance. Similar to political problems, this is a unifying “world” experience.
In my experience, growing up in the world of social media, my perception of beauty, race, sexuality
was constantly challenged. The idea of accepting myself without conforming to societal standards
seem difficult. I, like many others, am constantly comparing myself to preconceived societal
notions. Therefore, I agree with Charles’ perspective that self-acceptance is revolutionary and an
act of self-defiance because it gives freedom. Also, I believe that worldwide cases are standing out
against the country’s moral trajectory. For example, women are outnumbering men in colleges or
the workforce. As a female, this news makes me feel hopeful about a world where bias is
diminishing and gender equality is becoming more prevalent.
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In this article, Charles Blow analyzes his daughter’s saying, “Hair is political” when changing her hair. The word political connotes controversy and differing opinions towards particular political actions. For Charles’ daughter, the act of altering her hair is “political” in the sense that it signifies the sign of suppressing her beauty and worth. Instead, she believes that “presenting herself as nature was an act of self-loving defiance”. This act of keeping natural hair suggests that instead of conforming to subliminal messages and societal judgements, his daughter believes that people should search for the truth of their prejudices and not adhere to societal standards. However, to Charles, his daughter message prevails this notion. In this article, Charles’ expresses that the act of self-acceptance is, in itself, revolutionary. However, we all have been pervaded with a mixture of “misogyny, patriarchy, racism, sexism, homophobia and hetero-normative idealism” through the world and media. Nonetheless, Charles highlights that every time we choose not to play along, we gain the significant action of ordinary bravery and our identity. Charles also mentions that “life is an endless negotiation with ourselves and the world about who we are”. Through metaphor, Charles highlights the dialogue between how we view ourselves “the truest truth of who we are” and how the world perceives us. However, one of Charles’ key points suggests that people declare themselves as nonconformists since they recognize that “there are a variety of intersections to subjugation”. This means people are not conforming to prevailing ideals or practices. To highlight this, in the quote “it’s darkest before the dawn”, Charles conveys a positive connotation of hope whereby gender equality is becoming a norm, racial inequality is diminishing, and acknowledgement of sexual identity is increasingly less criticized. Using the quotes by E.E.Cummings “To be nobody-but-yourself —- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else —- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”, Charles highlights the struggle of society against conformity. Although this quote identifies the act of self-acceptance as a “battle”, a word that alludes to pain and distress, it also suggests that everyone is trying to find their own identity and self-acceptance. Similar to political problems, this is a unifying “world” experience. In my experience, growing up in the world of social media, my perception of beauty, race, sexuality was constantly challenged. The idea of accepting myself without conforming to societal standards seem difficult. I, like many others, am constantly comparing myself to preconceived societal notions. Therefore, I agree with Charles’ perspective that self-acceptance is revolutionary and an act of self-defiance because it gives freedom. Also, I believe that worldwide cases are standing out against the country’s moral trajectory. For example, women are outnumbering men in colleges or the workforce. As a female, this news makes me feel hopeful about a world where bias is diminishing and gender equality is becoming more prevalent. Name: Description: ...
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