Title: Best and Worst comments women with short hair deal with
Text: Worst comments on short hair…
(A man is talking to his female coworker, who has short hair. She is looking at him with an expression of disgust and disbelief.)
Man: How are you going to get anyone to date you? He’ll have longer hair than you do!
Text: TRANSLATION: I assume you are single, straight, and that all men have he same obsession wither heteronormativity* that I do. (*HAIRteronormativity??)
(A woman with long hair and a feminine blouse is talking to a woman she is passing on the street, who has short hair and is wearing a suit and bowtie. The long-haired woman has an expression of concern, the short-haired woman is shrugging and looking annoyed)
Woman with long-hair: You look like a dyke.
Text: TRANSLATION: I don’t understand the difference between gender expression and sexual orientation. I also think that looking/being gay is bad for some reason??
(A woman with her hair in a bun is talking to her neighbor, who lives across the hall from her in an apartment complex. The neighbor has a carefully styled Mohawk and nice jacket)
Woman with hair in a bun: It’s like you just don’t care about putting effort into your appearance anymore. You shouldn’t give up!
Text: TRANSLATION: I don’t understand how hair works. I also don’t understand that aesthetic styles other than my own exist, and think your appearance needs to always be your top priority.
(An agitated man is talking to a woman as he passes her near a park. The woman has short natural hair and is wearing a sun dress and looks confused and a little hurt by his sudden comment)
Man: It’s just not feminine.
Text: TRANSLATION: I think that there is only one type of femininity AND assume you want to be feminine at all.
(A male cashier is looking accusingly at a woman as she buys her groceries. She is an older woman with short hair, earrings, and a nice blouse)
Cashier: Do you hate men?
Text: TRANSLATION: I can’t cope with the idea that not everyone is interested in catering to my every whim and preference. Isn’t the world all about me? How could you challenge that by having your own agency? Why are you doing this to me?? Nooooo :c
(A man with short hair and sideburns is talking to his significant other. His partner has short buzzed hair and is visibly hurt and upset by the conversation)
Boyfriend: Aren’t you going to grow it out already? I thought you’d be over this by now.
Text: TRANSLATION: I have confused my partner’s permanent agency over their appearance with a fad. I only want to support my partner when they’re doing what I want, rather than what is best for them. I am also a trashcan person.
Best comments on short hair…
(A couple at a park is smiling and looking at a woman with buzzed hair, sunglasses, a sleeveless shirt, jeans, and visible armpit hair. She is smiling back at them, and is happy about the interaction. She is the same person from panel 6)
Woman in the couple: I love your style!
(At an art gallery reception, a woman with long hair is talking enthusiastically with a friend of hers. Her friend is the same woman he saw from panel 5 and has the same hairstyle and similar jewelry as before. She is smiling at her friend.)
Woman with long hair: It’s so cute!
(An acquaintance is talking to the same woman from panel 3. She has a new hair color (blue) and is wearing the same style as before)
Acquaintance: Wow, I love the way you styled your hair today, and the new color is really popping!
(The women from panels 1 and 2 are greeting each other with a warm embrace. They are blushing and smiling broadly)
1st woman: Hey Honey, today was haircut day!
2nd woman: Yay! Can I touch it? <3
1st woman: Yeah!
(The woman from panel 4 is standing proudly in another beautiful sun dress. She is surrounded by friends and admirers of various genders, races, and presentations looking at her new hairstyle. She is at center stage and smiling.)
All her admirers: It’s so… YOU!
Text stretching underneath all the positive comments:
Text: TRANSLATION: YOU get to decide what looks and feels good to you! Friends, partners, and strangers can and will respect and celebrate your style (and if they don’t… fuck ‘em!) You are beautiful, valuable, and inspiring. Shine on, all you short-haired cuties!