Re: What about cultural reasons for having SHORT hair

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Posted by Luke (other posts) on March 23, 2014 at 18:36:19:

In Reply to: Re: What about cultural reasons for having SHORT hair posted by kit on March 23, 2014 at 13:43:23:

To me, my long hair is also a connection to the Native American part of my heritage, literally a statement of who I am. Hell, when long ago ancestors on the European side of the family had to resist invasions from Rome or other Christians (essentially the SAME invading culture!) they too had long hair. My long hair and how I carry myself seem to mark me as a modern warrior against the the same culture of domination and destruction some of my ancestors resisted. You know what, upscale, monied men among the crowd in some of the Gay clubs see that instantly and react to me like they would to any traditional tribesman (from ANY continent) appearing unexpectedly in a Roman bathouse.

: : For me, my identity is connected with everything any human has ever done or said. I feel at one with the evolving species. And delving into it all is just a heck of a lot of fun. To each one's own.

: : : 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.

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