Saturday, August 17, 2013

On TV, women in distress cut their hair, while men in distress shave their heads. Here, I bridge the gap.

I went and did a thing today.

I got a haircut. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, except I've been cultivating my quasi-mullet for many years, at least partially because I enjoyed tossing my luxuriously thick locks in the face of my largely balding peer-group competitors.

According to a generally pearl-clutching piece in Atlantic this week, women in distress on TV cut their hair. While it is sure that this trope is a thing, lamenting its existence ignores the fact that there are just as many examples of the male equivalent -- men in crisis shaving their heads (or, similarly, shaving their beards) -- in pop culture to render this gender-based complaint mostly moot.


Taxi Driver's Robert DeNiro in mohawk mode

The Walking Dead's Shane closely shorn after a human sacrifice

In real-life, we have famous examples such as Britney Spears:

And Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho.

Anyway, while there are things about my life that I'm evaluating, and while I am trying to reduce the amount of superfluous things, sometimes a haircut is just a haircut.

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