You Can't Touch My Hair

  • by Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams - foreword
  • Narrated by Phoebe Robinson
  • 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson.
Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of "the black friend", as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel ("isn't that...white people music?"); she's been called "uppity" for having an opinion in the workplace; she's been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. The. Time. Now she's ready to take these topics to audio - and she's going to make you laugh as she's doing it.
Using her trademark wit alongside pop culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is "Queen. Bae. Jesus" to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, to the top spot on iTunes.
As personal as it is political, You Can't Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise.


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Most good comedians are funny regardless of your beliefs or political stance. This is an exhaustingly one-sided book that complains about racism in the country while being one of the most racist books I've read. The book simply forces an opinion and is degrading if you disagree. The author is panders to a certain audience, and maybe I'm the only idiot outside of that audience to try and enjoy her book. Then again, I'm sure she'd just assume I'm racist.
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- Juliana

Nonstop laughs and all the feeeeels

Phoebe most beautifully and hilariously describes ways in which we all need to lady up and address societal and individual issues such as racial inequities, gender stereotyping, and self care. It's incredible to hear someone openly and positively talking about these crucial issues, and I cannot explain how much I appreciate hearing them from another young woman's perspective. (Oh yeah, phoebe explains the importance of this. Because she's the best.) This book is absolutely necessary for every woman and POC wanting to see their experience reflected back, and should be listened to by everyone to gain perspective but also because it's so freakin' funny! I listened to this book straight through, totally absorbed as if in the best kind of convo with my best friend. Thanks phoebs!! <3
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- Chloe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio