The Curse of The Curly Perm
Do you know what a contronym is? It’s one of my favorite grammar terms and means “a word with two meanings that are opposites.” One such example is the word “perm,” which means two totally different things depending on cultural context and can create a “Who’s On First,” type of situation when our hair is the topic of conversation in the workplace. Where does one even begin when an innocent white person asks if you got a perm because your hair is suddenly curly? Do we explain that we use the word perm to mean a curl relaxer or just let it go?
I won’t bother getting started on all of that because the real kicker is the fear that white people have of a BAD PERM. You start off looking for a little bit of body and end up looking like a Jew…or worse yet, a little black boy! Just watch.
Being black = having the chicken pox. Oh. I see.
Am I the only one finding irony in the fact that if she really were a little black boy what she’s working with would be considered “good hair”?