Jillian Kay Melchior, Heat Street, April 5, 2017
A Villanova student claims that shaving her head helped her confront her “hair privilege,” as well as “society’s oppressive gender norms.”
“I’m not a big fan of being oppressed, and I don’t like it,” said Yvonne Nguyen in a Facebook live video where she shaved her head on camera to Beyoncé songs.
In an op-ed for the student newspaper, Nguyen said that the oppressive societal gender norms had made her feel like she was only a “true girl” if her hair was “long, straight and silky.”
“Shaving my head enabled me to be reflective of ways society forces me to conform to labels that I didn’t choose,” she wrote. “Shaving my head liberated me, as I allowed myself to be faithful to my values and genuine self.”
“I would like to remember the privilege I have in terms of being able to grow my hair out,” she wrote in the accompanying post.
“One must forgo some of their undeserved privileges to provide justice for others,” she concluded. “Are you wiling to shave?”