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AR 670-1 is a product of a much larger issue that exists within both our armed forces and our government: It is often men who are creating rules for women and their bodies. The result is a disconnect between the Army's expectations and what's realistic for more than 30% of its soldiers — not to mention a feeling of a pointed finger at women of color. It's important to have grooming standards in the armed forces so our men and women are in uniform and at their most efficient while on duty. But, there seems to be a disconnect between what the Army expects of its natural-haired female soldiers and what's realistic. And, we expect it's not because the Army has racist or sexist intentions, but because there isn't a female voice offering feedback when the rules are being written.
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