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DDW - S3 Ep01 – How to Write Hair and Head Coverings Doing Diversity in Writing

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In this first episode of Season 3 of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—discuss how to write hair and head coverings.  

 

Here’s what we talk about:

That hair, hair care, and head coverings are often ethnically dictated and gendered
That there is no such thing as “ethnic” hair: we all have ethnicity!
How to describe different natural hair colors
How to describe different hair textures
Whether dreadlocks are cultural appropriation
Who wears wigs and weaves, and for what reason
That head coverings for men and women come into play in many ways that go beyond religion and what one’s culture dictates 
How you can use descriptions of hair and head coverings to add layers to your POV characters 



And here are the (re)sources we mentioned on the show:

“Untangling the Symbolism of Art History’s Most Famous Redheads” by Sarah Dotson: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-untangling-symbolism-art-historys-famous-redheads 
“Seeing red: why we need to be sensitive about using the word ‘ginger’” by David Marsh: https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2014/jan/24/mind-your-language-red-hair 
“3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Address Redheads As ‘Gingers’” by Kali Hanson: https://www.howtobearedhead.com/3-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-address-redheads-as-gingers 
“Writing About Hair: The Thick and Thin of Descriptions” by Sharla Rae: https://writersinthestormblog.com/2014/07/writing-about-hair-the-thick-and-thin-of-descriptions 
“The East Asian women + colored hair trope” by Jess: https://writingwithcolor.tumblr.com/post/101115852994/the-east-asian-women-colored-hair-trope-an 
“The Ultimate Black & Natural Hair Glossary” by Joanna Samuels: https://afrocenchix.com/blogs/afrohair/the-ultimate-black-natural-hair-glossary 
How to Write Black Characters by Salt and Sage Books: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087ZSJ9BN 
“Dear white people with dreadlocks: Some things to consider” by Emanuella Grinberg: https://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/31/living/white-dreadlocks-cultural-appropriation-feat/index.html 
“Once in a Lifetime: The village of Huang Luo in China’s Guangxi Region is famous for the dramatically long hair worn by its female residents” by Linn Yaeger: https://www.vogue.com/projects/13548460/women-of-huang-luo-china-long-hair-tradition 
“Niqab, How Does It Work? | THE BASICS, how to wear the niqab” by Niqabi Nextdoor: https://youtu.be/KAbsPFS8gus 
“What are the differences between a niqab, a chador, an abaya, a burkha and a hijab?”: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-differences-between-a-niqab-a-chador-an-abaya-a-burkha-and-a-hijab 
“Women’s safety clothing not fit for purpose” by Matthew Gunther: https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/womens-safety-clothing-not-fit-for-purpose/1010138.article 
“Employers Exposed When Women’s Safety Equipment Doesn’t Fit” by Fatima Hussein and Jaclyn Diaz: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/safety/employers-exposed-when-womens-safety-equipment-doesnt-fit 
Tina from Glee: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1327801/characters/nm3206118 
Mako Mori from Pacific Rim: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663662/characters/nm0452860 
GoGo Tomago from Big Hero 6: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2245084/characters/nm1512166 
Einayim Petukhoth or Eyes Wide Open: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1424327
Unorthodox: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9815454 
Crazy Rich Asians: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3104988 
Steel Magnolias: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098384 
Luke Cage: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3322314 
Barbershop: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0303714 
Coming to America: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094898 
The Boondocks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7Mly_Zj6gg
Hair Love: https://youtu.be/kNw8V_Fkw28 
Tamora Pierce’s work: https://www.tamora-pierce.net 
Mulan: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120762 
V for Vendetta: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0434409 
The Boys: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11906

In this first episode of Season 3 of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—discuss how to write hair and head coverings.  

 

Here’s what we talk about:

That hair, hair care, and head coverings are often ethnically dictated and gendered
That there is no such thing as “ethnic” hair: we all have ethnicity!
How to describe different natural hair colors
How to describe different hair textures
Whether dreadlocks are cultural appropriation
Who wears wigs and weaves, and for what reason
That head coverings for men and women come into play in many ways that go beyond religion and what one’s culture dictates 
How you can use descriptions of hair and head coverings to add layers to your POV characters 



And here are the (re)sources we mentioned on the show:

“Untangling the Symbolism of Art History’s Most Famous Redheads” by Sarah Dotson: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-untangling-symbolism-art-historys-famous-redheads 
“Seeing red: why we need to be sensitive about using the word ‘ginger’” by David Marsh: https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2014/jan/24/mind-your-language-red-hair 
“3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Address Redheads As ‘Gingers’” by Kali Hanson: https://www.howtobearedhead.com/3-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-address-redheads-as-gingers 
“Writing About Hair: The Thick and Thin of Descriptions” by Sharla Rae: https://writersinthestormblog.com/2014/07/writing-about-hair-the-thick-and-thin-of-descriptions 
“The East Asian women + colored hair trope” by Jess: https://writingwithcolor.tumblr.com/post/101115852994/the-east-asian-women-colored-hair-trope-an 
“The Ultimate Black & Natural Hair Glossary” by Joanna Samuels: https://afrocenchix.com/blogs/afrohair/the-ultimate-black-natural-hair-glossary 
How to Write Black Characters by Salt and Sage Books: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087ZSJ9BN 
“Dear white people with dreadlocks: Some things to consider” by Emanuella Grinberg: https://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/31/living/white-dreadlocks-cultural-appropriation-feat/index.html 
“Once in a Lifetime: The village of Huang Luo in China’s Guangxi Region is famous for the dramatically long hair worn by its female residents” by Linn Yaeger: https://www.vogue.com/projects/13548460/women-of-huang-luo-china-long-hair-tradition 
“Niqab, How Does It Work? | THE BASICS, how to wear the niqab” by Niqabi Nextdoor: https://youtu.be/KAbsPFS8gus 
“What are the differences between a niqab, a chador, an abaya, a burkha and a hijab?”: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-differences-between-a-niqab-a-chador-an-abaya-a-burkha-and-a-hijab 
“Women’s safety clothing not fit for purpose” by Matthew Gunther: https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/womens-safety-clothing-not-fit-for-purpose/1010138.article 
“Employers Exposed When Women’s Safety Equipment Doesn’t Fit” by Fatima Hussein and Jaclyn Diaz: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/safety/employers-exposed-when-womens-safety-equipment-doesnt-fit 
Tina from Glee: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1327801/characters/nm3206118 
Mako Mori from Pacific Rim: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663662/characters/nm0452860 
GoGo Tomago from Big Hero 6: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2245084/characters/nm1512166 
Einayim Petukhoth or Eyes Wide Open: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1424327
Unorthodox: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9815454 
Crazy Rich Asians: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3104988 
Steel Magnolias: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098384 
Luke Cage: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3322314 
Barbershop: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0303714 
Coming to America: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094898 
The Boondocks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7Mly_Zj6gg
Hair Love: https://youtu.be/kNw8V_Fkw28 
Tamora Pierce’s work: https://www.tamora-pierce.net 
Mulan: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120762 
V for Vendetta: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0434409 
The Boys: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11906

1 hr 24 min

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