I Am Going Bald: What My Husband Thinks
Just kidding, I never have that little to say.
I’m shaving my head to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation on March 16.
This series documents why I’m doing such a thing.
Apropos of this Bald Girl Appreciation tumblr cartoon:
When I went blonde I joked to Kris, “Oh, this is every man’s dream, a different woman every week! Brunette, blonde then bald!” and he immediately replied, “Bald is every man’s dream?” Heh heh. Many people ask what Kris thinks about me shaving my head and there’s his answer – about my appearance. Of the act itself and its charitable roots, he is proud. If Kris had a real issue with a suddenly bald wife I would listen and try to assuage his concerns because you know, marriage. But lucky me! I didn’t marry that man. I prefer he keep his beard but sometimes he shaves it. His face. My head. Twenty Fourteen.
I have never heard of Laurie Penny until I read Why patriarchy fears the scissors: for women, short hair is a political statement and now I want to be her bald best friend. I was trying to choose the perfect teaser from this article and ended up with every other sentence, so instead I’ll just start at the end:
“But if you want to meet men as equals, if you want to fill your life with amazing men and boys as lovers, as life-partners, as friends and colleagues who treat women and girls as human beings rather than a walking assemblage of “signs of fertility” – believe me, they are out there – then I wouldn’t start by changing your hair. I’d start by changing your politics, and surrounding yourself with people who want to change theirs, too.”
Choose wisely, like me! Her article’s trigger: “This week, a writer going by the handle Tuthmosis put out a short article explaining why “Girls With Short Hair are Damaged”. “Short hair is a near-guarantee that a girl will be more abrasive, more masculine, and more deranged.” So in other words, HAWT. (That last bit I added and is why I’m sure she and I would be totes besties.) The whole piece is on how you can wear your hair any old way you want and it has nothing to do with pleasing/displeasing a man. Twenty Fourteen.
Gaw. I can’t help it. Here’s my favorite part:
Neo-misogynists tend not to want to sleep with me, date me or wife me up however I wear my hair, because after five minutes of conversation it tends to transpire that I’m precisely the sort of mouthy, ambitious, slutty feminist banshee who haunts their nightmares, but if I keep my hair short we tend to waste less of each other’s time.
Now I leave you to tuck your hair behind your ear – or not – and read her brilliant words yourself.
Here are some other cool bald things that recently caught my eye:
This book, listed as one of Buzzfeed’s 15 Highly Anticipated Books of 2014:
“What if everyone in the world lost their hair?”
“In Bald New World, that very event happens and overnight, religion, politics, and fashion undergo dramatic shifts. Nick Guan and his friend Larry Chao are a pair of eccentric filmmakers who choose to explore the existential angst of their balding world through cinema. Larry is heir to one of the most lucrative wig companies in the world. Nick is a man who’s trying to make sense of the tatters of his American dream. Taking place throughout China and America, the pair set off on a series of misadventures involving North Korean spies, veterans of an African War, and digital cricket fighters. Their journey leads them to discover some of the darkest secrets behind wig-making and hair in a hairless world.” – http://tieryas.wordpress.com/books/
This 15-year-old from the same tumblr, Bald Girl Appreciation, right after shaving:
There are two kinds of people on Twitter:
And finally, Notorious Baldies:
In four days I am going bald and I am ALL ABOUT IT!
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