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After all the hysteria of the past few days it was a pleasant surprise to come across this article on the BBC website.  I have submitted my penny's worth, and no doubt it is being edited at this very moment.

In case of any confusion with any other David, this is what I submitted:

I am horrified (but not surprised) by the overwhelmingly negative response to the news of Britney shaving her head.  From my perspective (having shaved my own head for many years) I believe that most people look better without hair, and Britney is no different in that respect.  However even if that were not the case I would defend the right of an individual to choose how they present themselves to society without fear of being ridiculed.


The opinionated reporting of this episode says more about the prejudices of the reporters than it does about the mental health of Britney Spears.  The reporting is reminiscent of the obituaries of Margaux Hemingway, who started shaving her head 3 months before committing suicide.  It is ludicrous to consider shaving one’s head as symptomatic of mental ill health, but rather too simplistic and ill informed gender stereotyping.


From a historical perspective it is misleading to state that it is acceptable for a man to shave his head.  When I stated doing so in 1978 it was virtually unknown, and I received negative reactions for a long time, until society caught up with me.  It is also worth noting that my inspiration at the time was Grace Jones.


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I agree but it wasn't me making that comment!

I've added my 'words of wisdom' to this posting. There's just too many Davids.

What a great article! I like your repsonse above, and it was reassuring to read the overwhelmongly positive responses posted by other people. Quite a change from the Internet asshattery one usually sees.

I'm kind of surprised to hear that even you, as a man, got grief for going bald. People are ridiculous.

Thanks – I was really glad I found this article, and I felt I just had to share it.

I guess it may seem strange now to hear that I got negative reactions upon first shaving my head, given that now it is relatively common. However it was extremely rare then, and the vast majority of my friends, family and work colleagues hated it. I even remember being quizzed by a friend with a Mohawk as to why I shaved my head. What I imagine encouraged the more vociferous of the idiots to hurl verbal abuse was the misleading impression that I was gay.

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It would be exceedingly boring - I wouldn't care to speculate what I would look like now if I had been constrained in that way.

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