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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Bald Woman

Why do bald women make us uncomfortable?

Let’s unpack the cultural baggage — the misogynoir, the anxious masculinity, the Fear of the Weird— behind Chris Rock’s joke and Will Smith’s slap (with a little help from Isaac Hayes, Pat Evans — the badass with the bullwhip on those Ohio Players covers — and the warrior women from Black Panther).




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Mark Dery

Mark Dery

Mark Dery ( is a cultural critic and the author of several books. He coined the term “Afrofuturism” and popularized culture jamming.

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