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You Can't Touch My Hair

Cover: 'You Can't Touch My Hair'

Staff Review: "You Can't Touch My Hair" by Phoebe Robinson


Whether comedian Phoebe Robinson is performing stand up, hosting one of her two successful podcasts, or critiquing pop culture on Instagram, you’ll find yourself laughing and wanting more when reading this book.

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, is a series of essays where Robinson explains cultural and racial inequalities with examples from her own experience. Robinson hilariously portrays the often unfortunate reality that comes with being black and a woman.

Robinson is a proud feminist and masterfully defends her positions through hilarious pop-culture references. She is also an expert list maker, including a list of her requests for the first female president, a list of things society can “do better,” examples being the NFL’s treatment of women and people who think there should be a “white history month.”

I loved hearing Robinson’s perspective for the simple reason of exposing myself to someone different than me. It was also a helpful way to examine myself. Do I distance myself from those different than me? What unconscious bias do I carry with me? Robinson’s account of being on the receiving end of those biases is a wonderful non-threatening way to check yourself, and she’ll make you giggle along the way.

Robinson has a fresh, hilarious perspective on pop-culture and society that makes You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain enjoyable, educational, and very entertaining.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, humor

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