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Generally speaking people don’t pay much attention to the words of fashion ‘experts’.  Quite right.  Who cares what some not terribly intelligent amateur social  psychologist thinks about the latest trend (or indeed a professional one, but that’s me being bitter and twisted again)?  Not may, though their talking heads do keep appearing with annoying regularity.  On this occasion I would imagine that Toni Love (one such fashion guru) wishes that she could turn the clock back.

http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/more-women-take-a-shine-to-going-bald/19557696

 

In her analysis of the current bald fashion trend, Love made the following statement.

"For some, going bald is for fashion, and for others it is medical. Many people lose their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation and other medical conditions, so there is an advantage to these patients who are suffering because, with this new trend, they fit in, not being self-conscious of their looks."

 

I am sure that her comments were well meaning, but in part at least it has come across as rather crass and insensitive.    Not surprisingly there have been quite a few angry responses to Love’s comments.  This is a typical example.

http://www.salon.com/life/broadsheet/2010/07/21/hair_loss/index.html

 

The increased prevalence of images of people without hair will make it easier for people to appear openly bald in public (and for those that do so good luck to them).  However many would be terrified at the prospect of standing out from the crown in this way, and for someone undergoing chemotherapy being fashionable would not be high on their wish list.  At the end of the day, Toni Love’s comments were just badly worded.  I don’t feel anything like as strongly about this as Tracy Clark-Flory, although if I’d read this 3 years ago maybe I would.

 

All this does remind me of occasions in the past when I have been castigated for having the temerity to have a shaved head.  Once was in a launderette, when a woman aged about 60 (wearing a hat) quite angrily told me I should not shave my head.  She said something like “I don’t know why you boys are doing this, when I have lost all my hair”.  She then ripped off the hat to prove it.  Incidentally far from being a boy I was actually 33 at the time.  Another occasion was at work, when a female colleague pointed out that my having a shaved head was causing some upset to  another colleague, who had MPB. 

In both cases I responded with a question: “Does this therefore mean that I need to grow a beard, because there are men that get alopecia that can’t have beards of their own?”  My male colleague did not have a beard.


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