However not all sacrifices were worth it! The day I shaved my head was the most empowering moment of my whole life. She was one of the first to come forward , long before people would take her seriously. In all cases, it is almost impossible to separate the image from the activism. In a world where how men and women see us is so tied into our hair, shaving your head will always carry a political statement. Many schools mandate that girls cut their hair, in belief that it helps girls focus on school by removing the distraction of hair upkeep. It is true that, historically, a shaved head is associated with some pretty bad stuff.
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Contrary to popular belief, baldness is not caused by lifting weights. Written by Curiosity Staff August 1, Getting used to the outside. Everything about women's personal aesthetic is inherently political and always has been, and the political content varies wildly depending on who's doing what and what her social position is. In recent years, a slew of celebrities have rocked buzz cuts or gone bald to make a statement.
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Natalie Portman sobbing violently as a jailer chops away clumps of her hair in V for Vendetta ; Demi Moore glaring at her own reflection as she barbers her way to belonging in the hypermasculine world of G. The reactions I get are mostly curious, though I do get a lot more attention from men — the enjoyable, respectful, "Oh my you seem interesting" kind of attention. With chemo you lose your body hair first, so you know what's coming! When I shaved my head five years ago, there were fewer examples in pop culture. It's now shoulder length, I've had a couple of cuts, one buzz cut in Mexico
The personal is political. That way, a stray hair can't pop out of a wig; there's no hair to stray. Conceptually, the ceremony is about rebirth into a new, stronger spiritual self and the head-shaving is part of the symbolic birth. How do we encourage women who are not as young and as confident as we are to make the move? Second time was in , for a friend's short film — I was basically a prop, Bald Chick on the Left. I remember my step mom always had Black Beauty magazines in her house which featured women with shaved heads.