Happy Ash Wednesday
Bumble stays out all year. Watch out Lydia!
Eames and Lydia
Why patriarchy fears the scissors: for women, short hair is a political statement -
I have heard comments like those referred to in this article SO MUCH in the last few months since I cut my hair, mostly on YouTube, the home of 12-18 year olds.
The ones that confuse and hurt me the most are like this one I got last week:
“Love your videos, will be back when you grow your hair out.”
Uh, ok? My hair doesn’t affect what words come out of my mouth, dude? But he can’t see me as anything else, I guess. Guys like him tune in because I’m attractive to them. Without long hair, I’m not attractive to them. Ergo…goodbye. The substance of my work doesn’t matter because my looks are the only context they have for me in their lives. And that makes me sad, because I’ve always tried to be more than that, without screaming it in people’s faces.
And it makes me sad for THEM actually. Because with that attitude towards women, they might be missing out on meeting an awesome girl/woman for themselves in their real lives. But we exist in a culture that only treats women as paper doll cutouts we can get aroused/attracted to. Our media does that to us, men do it to women, women do it to other women. I mean, how many animated GIFS of women are reblogged on Tumblr for their WORK rather than a dress they wear or a pretty pose? It’s an interesting question, one that even I might have a bad record with.
So part of me doesn’t even blame those YouTube guys. But it does make me want to show them that there are other ways to be, even if they cut me out of their online video lives, I still exist as who I am, out of their very rigidly defined parameters of “female-dom”. And maybe that’s enough. Just to BE.
Think I’ll be keeping my hair short for a long time.
Saint Louis got more snow. It’s time to take the big truck to work. Let’s Transform and roll out, @cwneil!
Back when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren’t there. And then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album. — Paul Williams
Circle, Circle. Square, square. Now you have it everywhere. Cooties teaser poster!
Eames likes Aaron Crawford’s (@cavitycolors) art so much that he tried to steal my bookmark!
Ash rejected this shot from Monday’s photoshoot in the snow, but I think it’s still kinda groovy. #hailtothekingbaby
All hail to Ash, “the Hero from the Sky” who will save us from the snow. He will also save us from the Deadites. Honestly, I’m more tired of the snow so let’s start with that.