Mrs Jada Pinkett-Smith, the writer – has some news for you. The eclectic wife of super duper actor Will Smith recently penned an open letter regarding all the chit-chatter about giving Willow, her daughter the right to cut her hair. Penned eloquently, Jada notes that it is important to teach our children how to value their minds and bodies. Is Jada the definition of a 21st century mom? Or are her ideologies a recipe for disaster? We get the right to choose, but Willow doesn’t always seem like the happiest camper in the group – based on some messages in her music. Does she need more structure and less freedom?
A letter to a friend…
This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete.
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. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be. More to come. Another day.
Source: Facebook/Jada Pinkett-Smith