Historians say that the first instance of a shaved head was discovered in ancient Egypt where both men and women shaved their heads to beat the heat and remain clean. No bad break-up to heal from. I had no Britney Spears circa freak out. I once had a lady ask if I was sick — she was outraged at the idea that shaving my head was a choice I had made. Summer Summer Music.
How the World Finally Stopped Shaming Women with Shaved Heads
Why shaved heads are an iconic African hair tradition - Face2Face Africa
Although I'm no psychologist, I would unquestioningly classify Mrs. Jane two days before I shaved my head. I feel less worried about how I look and don't aspire to have that "perfect" female form as much as I used to. I tried to have fun with wigs, head scarves, and new getups. As a woman, your hair is intrinsically linked to your worth so when you have none you can reconsider who you are and what kind of human you want to be beyond your physical presence. Men who had never given me the time of day before crossed rooms to talk to me. Another had tried so many treatments that she had to fly around the world to find a new one.
I like the fact I can look a bit more gender-fucking than I did before, despite my boobs. Aside from anything else, in the age of the internet, we are all inherently less shockable. While many praised this collection of words and images and all of its implications, there are dangerous unspoken claims being made, beginning with the conflation of the fictional and the real. Its exhausting to be told what beauty should look like. Women are shaving their heads because we aim and need to create spaces in which our relationships with each other are based on realness, rawness; fairness and unadornment.