Posted by Bill (other posts) on March 16, 2014 at 07:13:09:
In Reply to: What about cultural reasons for having SHORT hair posted by Gary on March 15, 2014 at 07:09:48:
For me, it's not at all cultural. Being a longhaired male is my identity. Delving into "why" would be as futile as delving into why I am attracted to men. Transgender people talk about their "gender identity", but identity is identity. My "longhaired male" identity is just as strong. What the Romans did two thousand years ago has nothing to do with it. What my father did just seventy years ago has nothing to do with it. What gay people did thousands of miles away on the coasts had nothing to do with it. Identity, like sexual orientation, you are either born with or you got it so early you feel like you were, so what's the difference? None.
Identity can pick up some hair and clothing styles along the way. They fine tune and amplify your identity but they don't change it. I came of age during the hippie era, and my identity includes my hippie look. That is now part of my identity and it is no more going to change than my sexual orientation.
I like rock music from the hippie era. The thing I hate most about living in a gay neighborhood is being subjected to all the disco music. That may have been absorbed into some men's identity, but it wasn't into mine. I will no more ever like disco music, short hair, and yuppie clothing than I will ever like girls.
I would no more have short hair or wear yuppie clothing than I would have a sex change operation. That defines the difference between whether something is an identity issue or just a fashion statement.