Wednesday, June 01, 2005

not to get all mars & venus, but true or false: when women feel the need to take control of their lives, they start by taking control of their hair

(see suggestive examples, especially in the context of recent posts, here and here)

Perhaps men take control of their hair as a synecdoche-for-seizing-the-reins-of-life more often than I realize. One of the male Madison bloggers underwent a dramatic 'do revision a few months ago, although I don't know what was at the root (ha!) of that. In any event, it's probably better that I don't use getting-a-new-hairstyle as a personal empowerment statement, since who knows how much longer I'll have anything on the top of my head to be styled. If asked what my analogous behavior is, I think I would say: when the going gets tough, Jeremy goes and buys a new gadget. Like the PalmPilotCelPhone that he currently just uses as a ReallyAnnoyinglyLargeCelPhone.

13 comments:

Katy said...

Not to mention when things were really bad I thought the best way to deal with it was to pull my own hair.

Even so, shut up!

jeremy said...

Well, in terms of pulling one's hair as a coping mechanism, that's something I start doing when a lecture isn't going well.

Anonymous said...

pierce anyone?

nina said...

Wait. I specifically remember you being hell-bent, on your first day in France no less, on buying something frighteningly red to use on your hair. I chalked it up to the stress of travel.

A+ said...

Personally, I change my hair when I'm sick of my hair. But maybe I'm atypical.

Ann Althouse said...

"Beware of all enterprises that require new hair, and not rather a new wearer of hair."

Anonymous said...

False. But they do tend to do something related to their appearance (hair, clothing, diet, exercise, facial) when they feel the need to start anew or make themselves feel good. And let's face it, you would too if society tied the majority of your net worth as a human being to your looks like they do with women...

Anonymous said...

False. But they do tend to do something related to their appearance (hair, clothing, diet, exercise, facial) when they feel the need to start anew or make themselves feel good. And let's face it, you would too if society tied the majority of your net worth as a human being to your looks like they do with women...

alexia said...

Sorry -- apparently I'm having some difficulty with blogger's commenting system. It didn't appear to be allowing me to post a comment and then it posted it 3 times and only gave me the option to remove the one that had my name on it...

Anonymous said...

Okay, calm down. Here's what you should do: wash your fine hair. While it's damp, give yourself a haircut (with good scissors).
For next 3 weeks, do not answer any questions re the results. This will put you firmly on Mars and away from Venus.

(after 3 weeks, go to barber).

Ken Houghton said...

Not certain about women and hair--I'm inclined to disagree with alexia, which is certainly a bad idea--but guys and gadgets is a certainty. The only difference between the men and the boys...

Katy said...

Jeremy, have you put Scrabble on your Palm phone? It makes the extra bulk totally worth it.

jeremy said...

kef: I totally need to put Scrabble on my cel phone. Do you know where I can download it?