“Chickenhead Envy is not a pretty thing” (Morgan, 189).
The phrase “Chickenhead Envy”, is one that I think definitely can be considered an inflammatory phrase. In her final chapter, Morgan puts a cheeky spin on describing the advantages a woman has using her sex and feminism “to get ahead” in life. “At its essence, trickin’ is a woman’s ability to use her looks, femininity, and flirtation to gain advantage in an inarguably sexist world” (Morgan, 202)
When thinking about why Morgan used the particular phrase “chickenhead” to describe women who utilize their sex a particular passage comes to mind.
“The whole rooster thing…in a room full of roosters, the strongest rooster wins. And if your shit is not right you are definitely gonna have to watch other roosters wtih paper and status try to get at your girl. They’re sending her bouquets of flowers and you can’t even give her a rose” (Morgan, 213).
If you think about a chicken as an animal, the female is mostly used for sex by the rooster and to reproduce. Similarly the chickenhead female plays the same role amongst her black male counterpart. The title When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost I think reflects the idea of when a female comes to home to settle. But then again, I think that it may also mean when the female comes to the realization that change is necessary.
“Basically, chickenheads accept that in a male-dominated society obsessed wtih both beauty and sex there is something to be said for women effectively working their erotic power” (Morgan, 217).
In the end, Morgan basically says that the chickenhead never does really win because as P.Diddy puts it” we’re looking for the long term, those are the qualities we want. NOT Chickenheads”.