I'm talking about my hair, sillies. inb4 angry Tumblrinas. All right, to make this as brief as possible, I'm a guy with long hair in a very conservative place (Alabama, to be precise) and catch a lot of shit for it. I had it halfway to my waist for a long time, but cut it back to my shoulders and people still bitch about it. "You look like a girl!" (Long hair = female? Tell that to a lot of the men who lived up to the early 20th century.) "It's not professional!" (Women are professional with long hair, but I'm not? Sexist much?) I've gotten pretty tired of it, and I've considered reverting to the buzz cut of my childhood. Are the h8ers right about it looking bad? Picture kind of sucks as I was drained at the time, but I doubt I'll look better if I do it again. Thanks.
- Cut your hair, you damn greasy hippieVote A
- Keep it, looks legitVote B
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I thought people got over those hangups on hair a long time ago. Time for my theme song.
I've had long hair for most of the last 45 years. Around 1970 I was one of the very first people in my school to grow their hair. There were three of us in school with longish hair when the dress code was finally changed. So we barely escaped being expelled from school.
Back then it wasn't so much about style as it was a statement. It was a symbol against all the things we were against. It was a symbol against people who were so concerned about trivial shallow things like hair. In short, it was a great big fuck you to society of the past, to the government, to all the bullshit in the world.
Things are different now. Most, but not all people have gotten over their hangup on hair. It's more about style now than making a statement. You have several choices.
Leave your hair long because you like it.
Leave it long as a statement or in protest.
Cut it because you want to.
Cut it because realistically it will slightly help getting jobs.
Cut it because of peer pressure.
Keep in mind that if you grow it as a statement, there is a price to that. If you cut it because of society pressure, it won't be the only thing you do in your life because of society. Humans are social creatures. The only reason why society works is because people adhere to some basic (mostly unwritten) rules. We are part of something larger.
Your hair, your choice.2