Monthly Archives: February 2011

Haven’t been writing much- Negative Imagery in fictional books.

I am a busy bee let me tell you. School is kicking my tail end. Next semester remind me not to take 5 classes. Want to see what I have been working on? This is part of my database homework:

Yeah boyyyeeee! Database city! You don't have to understand it. Just as long as my teacher does (that in my incoherent babblings) we will be okay.
I wanted to talk to you guys today about something that kind of seriously bothered me. Negative imagery of natural hair in books. 
Now, I know there are a lot of books out there that show us and tell us how to embrace our hair. Case and point:
And this is fine and dandy, this is great! But what about, every day books? Books you just happen to pick up and read for fun. 
Lately I've been on a Vampire/Zombie kick. Don't judge me. I enjoy the books. There is a series currently out called "House of Night" I started reading them a couple of years ago. They are by a mom and daughter writing duo named PC and Kristin Cast. Here is a photo:
Picture from Here
I happened to pick up the first book in the series yesterday for a re-read. It is called Marked. When I read this before, I wasn't on my natural hair journey, so I wasn't as sensitive to the imagery. Here are some passages:
I was just getting ready to ask for more of an explanation when a girl rushed up and, with a big huff, slid herself and her tray into the booth beside Stevie Rae. She was the color of cappuccino (the kind you get from real coffee shops and not the nasty, too-sweet stuff you get from Quick Trip) and all curvy with pouty lips and high cheekbones that made her look like an African princess. She also had some seriously good hair. It was thick and fell in dark, glossy waves around her shoulders.

For the record, I would like to say that the main character in this book is a Caucasian, female, age 16. I have never heard a Caucasian female use the term "good hair." It is sort of a derogatory term that African Americans have seemed to coin. Hmmm.. Let's check out another passage shall we?

Two girls were standing behind her, dressed in much the same way. One was black, with impossibly long hair (must be a really good weave).


So in the first couple chapters of the book, you learn that all vampires have long hair. It's one of the things that  they do; their hair just grows impossibly long. Why does hers, have to be a weave?
I could go on and on about this, there is a passage in the book about someone having hair that looks like "It never has the nerve to nap up."

It makes me tired, and it makes me sad. What about you? What could be done to combat this imagery?

Winners!!!

Hurrah for winners! The first one listed wins the hair accessory from Sarenzo's Beads, The other two win Satin Pillowcases. You ready!?

Can you read that? I am so sorry it is so tiny. # 3 said:

OMG, the Niome earrings are to die for!!! Which ones would be your favorite?
Tina
February 7, 2011 3:20 PM
Tina, my favorite thing on her site is... well, it is a tossup. Between the Natural Quest Earrings and the Lola earrings. I WANT THEM BOTH!! ARUGH!!!!
Congrats Tina on winning the hair accessory!
#2 said: 
 I love those Green feather earrings!

February 7, 2011 7:25 AM
#1 says
Wow! Lots of pretty things, but those Kadira Earrings are just doin' it for me!
February 4, 2011 7:14 PM
Congrats to everyone that entered. If you guys will send me your postal information to leslie2103@gmail.com, I will go ahead and get that stuff sent out this week!


Contest Update

Hey guys! I have not forgotten about the contest! I just got back from a business trip. Busy busy busy! I will be drawing entries later tonight and posting winners tomorrow!!

It can’t be heat damage…. could it?

Don't forget I have a contest going on!

My hair at the base back of my head is really REALLY weird. It's straight. No curl at all. Not even a little bit. Furthermore, it is a kinky straight. When i say that, i mean that it doesn't hang limply. It kind of looks like it wants to curl, but it won't.

It is not a huge deal, because you rarely see it, but I have heard of women having "heat trained" hair. Which is just, heat damage in my opinion. So I am wondering if this is the case. I have not used a blow dryer, curling iron, etc, in well over a year. Any thoughts you may have on this, I would love to hear.

Contest here! Yay!

Finally! Are you excited?

The top prize winner wins the headband/hair accessory that I showcased in this video from Sarenzo's Beads!

Cute!

Two additional winners will recieve a satin pillow case.

The Rules:

Very simple really. Head over to Sarenzo's Beads and look around. Tell me in a comment below what you would love to own from her collection.

That's it!
One entry per person.

Winner will be announced 2/12/2011.
The first person I draw wins the accessory, the next two win the pillow cases!

Good luck!