At SoSensational, we are big fans of Episodes, the BBC2 sit-com which is set in Los Angeles.
It stars Matt Le Blanc. Yes, him from Friends, playing himself, or rather a hilarious sit-com version of himself. It also stars Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig as husband-and-wife writing team, Sean and Beverley Lincoln.
In the show, Beverley wears the same short hairstyle that Tamsin Greig wears in real life. Do keep up, we’ll get to the point very soon, we promise.
Okay, in the most recent series of Episodes (Season 4), Beverley’s friend Carole, who works for the fictional TV network which employs Sean and Beverley, is in a relationship with the network boss, Helen Basch. Helen is very possessive over Carole and is jealous of the friendship between Carole and Beverly. Having found out that the two went on a power-walk together, Helen confronts Carole. She alleges that Beverley is in love with Carole. Carole ridicules this, replying that Beverley is married, and therefore straight.
“Have you seen her haircut?” responds Helen, super-fast. And that, ladies, is the point of this story… Short hair – all short hair – seems to have become the property of gay women.
Once upon a time, prejudice suggested that short, bad haircuts were worn by gay women. But, now it seems, that all or any short cuts, bad, good or mediocre, are supposed to be owned only by gay women.
The rest of us, boring straight women have to sport big hair, a la Cheryl Cole (or rather Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, or has she reverted to Cole? We can’t keep up). And this is all well beyond the requirements of fashion since many leading salons regularly suggest short cuts as seasonal trends. But these are invariably ignored in favour of the default long hair/big hair. It’s as if all straight women are supposed to buy into Princess Hair, long, a bit curly and with lots of volume; it all seems rather reminiscent of the Imperialism of Pink.
At SoSensational, we wish to reclaim short hair for all women – straight, gay, bi or uncommitted. Having short hair should just be about whether a short cut suits you, not a declaration of sexual orientation.
However, we are advocating truly terrific haircuts, like those of Tamsin Greig, Kris Jenner, Anne Hathaway and Jamie Lee Curtis.
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How do you feel about short hair? Whose short haircut do you like? Do share with us (below).