You Can’t Touch My Hair is the first book from stand-up comedian Phoebe Robinson, and an impressive one at that. Phoebe shares her experiences as a Woman of Colour, both in the media and in her everyday life. We learn about her experiences as a student, her work on tv sets, shopping, and dealing with her hair. While I consider myself relatively well-informed on a lot of issues which affect women of colour, each section of this book taught me even more and made me realise things I’d been blind to as a result of my privilege. One of the really strong elements of this essay collection is Phoebe’s recognition of her dual-audience; those that are African-American women, and those that are not. This book is for everyone.
The casual tone of this book was the only negative aspect for me, but that’s a matter of personal taste. Some of the humour didn’t come across as well as I would have expected. However, this was still a fantastic read and lighter anecdotal portions of the book were juxtaposed well with bigotry and Othering.
A highly informative, enjoyable, and important read.