American culture has long had a problem with women with short hair. In , the season after Felicity Porter had her locks shorn in front of a shocked nation, viewership of the eponymous show declined by half. The character, as well as the star who embodied her, Keri Russell, faced a torrent of backlash to the short 'do.
Girls, stop getting the 'don't ask don't tell' haircut and wondering why you aren't that popular. We know how this ends. We do know how this ends: More than a decade later, women are still mocked, harassed, chided and derided for cutting their hair.
How dare she flaunt her agency? How dare she challenge the feminine status quo as a woman? It's important to remember where this stereotype comes from: Short hair reads as masculine, which some people then equate in women with homosexuality. This, however, is quite simply not true. Look no further than the numerous straight women — Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry and Robin Wright, just to name a few — who rock short haircuts all the time.
This may include a new haircut. But this whole hysteria over "breakup" hair is mostly overstated. While cutting your hair is certainly one way to regain control after a tough situation like a bad breakup , sometimes a haircut is just a haircut — no over-analysis necessary.
Twitter Britney Spears and Amanda Bynes aside, the decision to shave one's head or get a short haircut isn't a sign of the desire to self-mutilate, nor is it a symptom of a mental breakdown. Oh, and women with short hair aren't " damaged " either. It's bad enough that we clearly don't know how to address mental illness in America, creating illogical physical stereotypes only serves to further stigmatize people in both groups. No woman asks for your unsolicited comments , nor does she need your approval.
Interjecting your opinion in this context is ultimately a backhanded compliment — that is, no compliment at all. But this isn't just an issue of an awkward friend. In , it's pretty pathetic that people still have to be told this. Having masculine qualities is not the same thing as being a man, nor should they be undesirable.
Men, like the guy at this blog , are merely threatened by women with short hair because they feel an infringement on their man-power. The Other McCain 7. Women can be just as guilty. Case in point, there is a stereotype among some in the lesbian community that long hair connotes being a pushover in bed. At the same time, long hair has also been used to suggest a very different aspect of a woman's sexuality, her sluttiness. And "what sane woman would ever want to do anything that decreases her capacity to please men?