This morning, CNN posted an article in their Living section titled, "'Can I touch it?' The fascination with natural, African American hair". In this article author, Lisa Respers France touches upon the subject of Black women having thier hair touched and questioned because of its natural state. From something as simple as asking questions to something as invasive as reaching out and touching without permission, natural Black women deal with hair confusion and curiosity on a regular basis.
Many women chimed in on this discussion and while some women believe that that the questions and touching are completely inquisitive and out of curiosity, other women believe that the touching comes from the White community's feeling of supremacy and some lingering feelings of ownership, that they believe they have the right to touch a Black woman's hair. Some women are amused by these investigatory actions while some women are completely outraged feeling violated by such audacities.
So I bring it to you, natural hair community. Are you offended by the touching and question asking? Do you feel that the touching comes from a sense of ownership or a sense of curiosity? What are your thoughts?