Identity Performance as a Bottleneck to Employment Opportunity

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  1. Brett Bellmore says:

    While I’m somewhat sympathetic to freedom of grooming in the workplace, (So long as it doesn’t involve matters that are actually job related.) I do have to point out that, if you have to “style” your hair to get it to look like that, it isn’t “natural”.

  2. Shag from Brookline says:

    How “natural” are male bangs in the manner of the Beatles? How “natural” was the male “DA” (Duck’s Ass for those too young to remember) of my youth? How “natural” is the comb-over (-and-over- and-back in the manner of Donald Trump)? And how “natural” is male head shaving with perhaps a tad of intended intimidation, perhaps enhanced with an appropriately placed tattoo? And how many White female blonds are “natural” blonds (not to mention While males who engage in “aryan power” bleaching)? So what’s “natural” got to do with it, Brett? And consider a mixed race child’s grooming issues.

  3. Brett Bellmore says:

    What’s “natural” got to do with it? Why, nothing, and that was my point. Dredlocks aren’t any more natural than a crew cut. I’m not the one who brought up “natural”, as though blacks were genetically determined to have braided hair. Ms. Greene is, and a silly way to frame things.

  4. Shag from Brookline says:

    Brett, why then did you “have to point out that …”? Do you object to a “natural” Afro in particular by a young Black male? Ms. Greene was addressing the “right?” of employers (I assume White employers/managers) to perhaps punish Black females’s hair stylings. Perhaps such employers also punish White males’ “aryan power” hair stylings. And, Brett, what does “genetically determined” have to do with it? Styling is a personal, individual preference, as even an anarcho libertarian should understand. But should there be lawful discrimination on the part of employers/managers on such styling? If so, how un-libertarian.

  5. Wendy Greene says:

    Just to clarify, the term “natural” in relationship to hairstyles such as twists, locks, braids, and afros, is a term commonly used by professional cosmetologists as well as members of lay communities to connote chemically unprocessed hairstyles. Accordingly, my use of the term “natural” is not meant to denote a trait that all and only individuals who identify as Black or Afro-descendant possess.

  6. Brett Bellmore says:

    Well, thanks for clearing that up. Like most people, I’m not a cosmetologist.

  7. Shag from Brookline says:

    If Brett had the skills of a cosmetologist he might be more successful at camouflaging his attempts at colorful trolling at this and other blogs. At least his zit on this post has cleared up.