It has come to my attention that there are young girls here in Canada and other parts of the world who are removed from school or shamed because of their hairstyle.
Mr. Speaker, body-shaming of any woman in any form from the top of her head to the soles of her feet is wrong.
Irrespective of her hairstyle, the size of her thighs, the size of her hips, the size of her baby bump, the size of her breasts, or the size of lips, what makes us different makes us unique and beautiful.
So Mr. Speaker I will continue to rock these braids. For three reasons. No. 1, because I’m sure you’ll agree, they look pretty dope. No. 2, in solidarity with women who have been shamed based on their appearance.
And No. 3, and most importantly, in solidarity with young girls and women who look like me and those who don’t. I want them to know that their braids, their dreads, their super-curly afro puffs, their weaves, their hijabs, and their headscarves, and all other variety of hairstyles, belong in schools, in the workplace, in the boardroom and yes, even here on Parliament Hill.
Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Member of Parliament for Whitby, Ontario
rotd: thank you celina caesar-chavannes for speaking out on body-shaming
Today's Revolutionary Thought of the Day is very unusual, in that it belongs to a member of government. This thought should not be revolutionary. It should not even need to be uttered. Nevertheless, it is and it does.