Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Britney

Why is a woman shaving her head seen as self-mutilation, and a woman having invasive plastic surgery is not?

Answers on a postcard please...

14 Comments:

Blogger Anji said...

I was thinking this exact same thing. Isn't it sad?

11:02 AM  
Blogger Bea said...

Those kinds of attitudes are very telling. Wouldn't it be great if lots of women went and shaved all their head hair off? Bye-bye hairspray and blowdryer.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Verav Venom said...

Well, Britney is a sextoy, not a woman. Therefore she's only allowed to do things that make her more appealing to boys.

She's not a mother either, that's why I still have 150 pervs a day searching for crotch shots of her.

I feel for this woman. For all her money and therefore supposed bliss, her life must suck royally - at least on frequent occasions.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Mr. Morgan said...

Bea - and hello scalp-wax, head-tattoos, and diminutive yet sexually aggressive terms for a woman's cranium.

*sigh*

10:54 AM  
Blogger FallingStar said...

I don't know...I mean, lots of women have shaved heads. Britney can do whatever the hell she wants. Perhaps it just goes to show that society still expects women to have long flowing hair and pander to male appetites. Nothing wrong with having long hair, but if a woman wants to shave her head or have short hair, why can't she? Men do it!!

Britney is a woman, and yet the media and men treat her as if she is just, as vera venom says a "sextoy".

She's a mother and a woman and yet she's been given such a rough deal just because she chooses not to dress like she used to, has had a child or two and smokes, drinks etc. Double standards are still very much in evidence :( I don't think it's surprising if she's so unhappy about the way everyone has been treating her.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

I've shaved my head several times and each time I got comments along the lines of 'you can get away with it because your head is a nice shape and [other feminine mitigating factors that cancel out the horrendousness of baldness on female]'

5:11 PM  
Blogger Mr. Morgan said...

My head's a vile shape (unless you think Patrick Stewart is attractive for that reason), but I've never attracted any faux-compliments aside from becoming 'the guy with the shaved head'.

Seriously, now the SHAPE OF YOUR HEAD is important!? What precisely the fuck constitutes a feminine head shape? I'm sure there are standards, but don't people get tired of being such turds? (okay, not a postcard, really...)

8:32 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

Well, Mr. Morgan, this is where it gets worse because there is an element of racism involved in the judgement of people's head shapes.

By the way, you cannot - you can not - talk about having a 'vile head shape' while using an avatar picture lacking in 'head'.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Fanny Blood said...

good point. x

9:37 AM  
Blogger Faith said...

I have an another question...

Why is it even news that Britney shaved her head? 30,000 people starving to death on this planet on a daily basis and we've got britney's bald head making front page news.

sad.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Vera Venom said...

"and we've got britney's bald head making front page news."

Well, it distracted the media from dancing on ANS's corpse for a moment.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Because a woman having cosmetic surgery is subscribing to accepted feminine standards of beauty, while a woman who shaves her head is not.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Mr. Morgan said...

Well, it's not *that* vile, now that you mention it.

Head-shape racism, like all biological determinism, is pissweak pseudoscience and should be automatically cast into the 'utter garbage' basket. It's a question, yes, so it has to be part of inquiry, but has nobody wondered why it keeps getting asked?

ARGH.

1:06 AM  
Blogger jo22 said...

Too right Michelle.

The thing is, surgery is painful and dangerous whereas shaving one's head is not, yet the latter is considered more "self-defiling" (as one reporter described Britney's decision).

Shows our society is completely bonkers. That is my professional diagnosis.

2:17 PM  

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