Why Should I Have Long Hair?
This post was written by F. Bardamu of In Mala Fide and I’ve gone ahead and reposted it here to stand as a manifesto for this blog.
Fittingly titled - Wear it long, wear it strong
Found via Eolake Stobblehouse, a piece in which New York Times contributor Dominique Browning asks why only aging hippie chicks are allowed to have long hair:
I have long hair. I’m not talking about long enough to brush gently on my shoulder – when I tilt my head. I’m not talking about being a couple of weeks late to the hairdresser. I’m talking long. Long enough for a ponytail with swing to it. Long enough to sit against when I’m in a chair. Long enough to have to lift it up out of the sweater I’m pulling over my head. Long enough to braid.
No one seems to have any problems when a woman of a certain age cuts her hair off. It is considered the appropriate thing to do, as if being shorn is a way of releasing oneself from the locks of the past. I can see the appeal, and have, at times in my life, gone that route. Some women want to wash the men (or jobs) right out of their hair. Others of us have to have at them with scissors. Again, I do not judge. Go right ahead, be a 60-year-old pixie.
She runs down a list of arguments against long hair, but this one in particular caught my eye:
MEN LIKE LONG HAIR. Wait. You say that like it’s a bad thing? Long hair is archetypal. And everyone knows that archetypes are all tangled up with desire. There’s a reason mermaids, Selkies and witches have long hair. Ballerinas, too. We all know Rapunzel’s tale, how she sat at the top of her lonely tower, her long hair hanging out the window, until finally, a prince climbed its ropy length to rescue her. Or impregnate her, depending on which version you read. Either way, it worked.
Men like to play with women’s long hair. They like to run their fingers through heavy tresses. They like to loosen tight braids. They like it when long hair tents over their faces during soulful kisses. The long of it is that long hair is sexy. (So is short hair, of course, but in a different way, and we’re not making that case – yet.) The short of it is that long hair means there is always, at least, hope.
Yep, that’s right ladies, cut that hair! It’s a pain to maintain, after all. Then watch as your husband or boyfriend heads straight to the porn.
I’m a staunch advocate of (almost) all women wearing their hair long. Why? Because I’m a man, and I like having attractive women in my visage. And really, only black, French, and black French women can pull off the short hair thing. The rest of you ladies look like half-assed lesbians. In fact, you KNOW you look like half-assed lesbians, which is why you encourage each other to shed your hair – to cripple the competition. So sayeth Joseph Dantes in this worthwhile post on the subject:
When a girl cuts her hair short, she becomes less attractive to men. She feels that this handicap qualifies her ego and makes her more individualistic. [[see Fuck Yeah Girls With Short Hair - ED.]] Since the other girls benefit by her movement away from competing for men and towards female solidarity, they lavish her with praise for handicapping herself.
Viva la revolucion de belleza!