I had no intentions of posting anything on the fact that Britney Spears has shaved her head. However, this is Masculinities in Media, and news outlets like ABC are all over this story. Her haircut has raised a lot of concern, and her locks were going for $1 million dollars on Ebay. Quoting from the ABC article's grave assessment:
While psychologists and those around Spears speculate about the cause of her downward spiral, two things seems clear: The one-time pop princess is acting out and in dire need of help.
The BBC has written a slightly more sensible piece exploring the reasons behind so much concern over a simple shaved head. They rely heavily on evolutionary psychologists for their analysis - using the "women have long hair because it's a natural way to attract men, and allow for children to hold on tight" argument. I was listening to a Canadian Broadcast Corporation radio interview with the psychology giant Jerome Kagan and even he, a scientist that studies what's inately human for a living, discredits such a simplistic take on human custom.
How does long hair connect to a society where women are objectified as sex objects? How might our reactions to this new exSpearsience change if we embraced a "need to widen what's acceptable for women and men, and accept there are different layers of femininity and masculinity in one person," as Nicki Hasitie recommends at the end of the BBC article?
-P. Lincoln Share