For example, there were a few people on this campus who said that they shaved half of their head in protest to CeCe McDonald’s conviction. Now regardless of whether or not you think that CeCe deserved to be charged with manslaughter, do you really think that shaving half your head is going to make a difference? Is a stupid hair cut is going to make the country less trans-phobic?
I also heard that some people are shaving their heads to show solidarity for cancer patients, and others for prisoners at Gitmo. Ignoring the fact that cancer cells don’t give a shit about hairstyle, wouldn’t the prisoners at Gitmo (provided they would even be aware of it) be more like “Hey, good for you, can you please get me out of here instead?”
This display of activism is so fucking safe, and easy. Shave your head, become a hero. I am determined to coin a term for these people, and it is passive-ist. It’s not being active, it’s being trendy. I don’t like to mix my politics with fashion.
Fashion has always been part of politics, but here’s the thing: unless you are a politician or a celebrity yourself, your fashion choice makes very little difference on politics. You know what helps with political issues? Getting involved in polices. Those who get politics also understand that fashions changes, and even if you can get a progressive fashion trend started, it will be replaced or mutate within a few weeks. Writing letters to your Congressmen, as small and insignificant as it is, makes more of a difference than a hair cut. Because in the big picture, the corrupt, inept, incestuous two-party system we all know and love isn’t going to change because of your hair. But of course, that isn’t what this is about is it. The entire point of the haircut is this bloody self righteousness, that you want people to ask you about your haircut so you can brag about how you know about how unfair the world is.
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