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Both Leofric and Godiva were generous benefactors to religious houses.

In 1043 Leofric founded and endowed a Benedictine monastery at Coventry on the site of a nunnery destroyed by the Danes in 1016.

Women of African descent are embracing their unique hair texture in all forms from curly and “coily,” to kinky and wavy; from Afrocentric braids to bold locs with no dread.

Black women are proudly flaunting their natural hair in the name of self-love.

I thought I'd never have an even passably good reason to write about how little things like short hair change the way patriarchy responds to you. I keep it short partly because it suits me, partly because long hair is a whole lot of bother, but mostly because I don’t have a choice - my natural hair is limp and rubbish and doesn’t grow far past my shoulders without turning into witchy rat-tails. I’ve had it shaved, buzzed, dyed, undyed, a long pixie with a fringe, a half-head “Skrillesque’”, and I’m currently rocking what the blog Autostraddle calls ALH (“alternative lifestyle hair”), with a style somewhere between “Human League” and “Androgynous Emo Frontman from 2005”. To be frank, my hair is a great deal gayer than I am, and sometimes accidentally cashes cheques that my heart and loins don’t deliver, to the extent that I’ve considered letting my hair go out out to Candy Bar to play all by itself. It seemed like the thing to do to make myself more pleasing to potential boyfriends, potential bosses, and other people with potential power over my personal happiness. It took a lot of effort and a surprising amount of money to maintain, and it still looked awful, and I didn’t feel like myself.

Growing it past my chin took determination, because every day I’d look in the mirror and want to take the razor to it right then and there.

Lately, however, the topic of hair care has entered the conversation around relationships.

By Abiola Abrams – author of “The Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love,” a Love-Body-Spirit (TM) Self-Esteem Coach and relationship advice columnist known on media from MTV to the BBC.

Over the past few years, the natural hair movement among black women has exploded in a way not seen since the 70s.

There was a time when feminists had to do that all by ourselves, but now we don't have to point out the underlying assumptions of a lot of the bullshit we deal with every day, because there are people on the internet doing it for us.

So I’m almost grateful to Tuthmosis for writing this particular piece of recreational sexist linkbait. I’ve experimented with growing the crop out twice, encouraged both times by men I was dating.

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