As part of their One Word series, Cut Video asked women of color to respond to the question, "Can I touch your hair?" The question may seem like an innocent one, but many women find the question to be a microaggression and an invasion of personal space.
"I'm not a pet. Some people don't even ask," one woman said in the video. "They just reach and I'm like, 'Whoa, hey! You can't touch my hair.'"
Other women don't mind, or even find it complimentary.
"I love it when people ask me that," another woman said. "It's not offensive."
Regardless of your reasons for asking, you should respect the response and women's agency over their own bodies. If they haven't consented to letting you do it, keep your hands to yourself.
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In the wake of the 2016 election, it's more important than ever to learn about other ethnicities with an open mind. Let's work harder to spread awareness and acceptance of cultures that are different from our own.