Sunday, July 08, 2012

Hairy situations

Long hair. I have it, and I like it. And I understand that many other people don't.

But, to me, short hair is a symbol of slavery. Or of those who imagine themselves slavemasters.

When the "whites" enslaved and herded the "American Indians" into reservations, they forced their children into government schools and cut their hair in order to "civilize" them.

When a person is enslaved (either by force or voluntarily) into the military, their hair gets cut off.

Even some jobs are off-limits to those who don't have the "slave hair".

On the "slavemaster" side of the equation- The cops with the shortest hair are generally the most thuggish. Maybe there is an exception to this observation, but I have yet to see it with my own eyes.

Now, I don't believe that everyone who has short hair is necessarily a slave. If that is what you want, for whatever reason, then no one has any reason to disparage your choice.

I do get very tired of the attitude that says that short hair (and a shaved face) is somehow ethically superior, and that seems obsessed with making sure everyone complies with this "style". It's a value judgement, not a matter of right and wrong.

I'll leave your short hair alone, and I would appreciate the same in return.



  1. Heh.

    Esthetically, I've always WANTED long hair. But when I grow it out, it a) bugs the shit out of me (I was raised in a house where short hair was required, then spent 10 years in the Marine Corps; just got used to the feeling of little or no hair), and b) makes me look like The Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz.

    Your long hair, on the other hand, makes you look like Kent McManigal, and apparently you're comfortable with it, so more power to you.

  2. Keep the hair! Ditch the people who bitch about it!