Author: Mr. Phillipe

Phillipe Martin Chatelain / @uptownvoice / Phillipe is the Managing Editor of In Parentheses. He is a poet from New York City with a Masters Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taken on a much more digital definition. Furthermore, it is important for New Modernist writers like those exhibited in In Parentheses Literary Magazine to assume the forms of media available in order to carry on the history of Sublime Art. His series taking shots alone was self-published in 2012-2015. The self-published collection FACETS (2019) is now available.

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    1. If it’s the biggest non-issue then I’d say we’re on our way up, no? We have open submissions, however, if there is a more pressing issue you’d like to bring to our attention. Thanks for reading!

    2. Non-issue for whom, exactly? This movement is a movement regarding consent, and this is an issue for all people. Clearly, if womyn are speaking out on this, it’s a reoccurring problem for them, thus making it a very real issue. It may seem insignificant in relation to other, perhaps more violent and politically charged movements, but nonetheless it seems essential to the general progression of social development on the whole. Learning to ask permission before touching someone’s hair or body is a notion wholly new to many, and it needs to be spoken out on.

    3. I’d say this “non-issue” serves the same purpose as anything else in gender and media studies: makes you think about the way people are represented, which is always a valid issue…personally I’d never heard of the whole misrepresentation concept applied to hair so it was certainly thought provoking

  1. I’ve been natural for 3 years in December, I love it! I love seeing Black women who chose to embrace their natural hair texture. This whole “do/don’t touch my hair” issue is not an issue at all. I have not dealt with the type of people many women speak of with random people touching or asking to touch my hair. My husband is white so I deal with his family regularly, we’re pretty close, and they don’t randomly touch my hair or ask to. They compliment me, may ask some questions of how I styled it, nothing more. I get the same from strangers. I haven’t experienced the whole thing of being treated like a “pet” as some say and frankly, I think many women are over exaggerating the “issue”. It’s so petty. I get a lot of compliments on my hair. I don’t care if people touch my hair as long as it’s followed by a nice compliment.

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