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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's (search) communist government is waging war against men with long hair, calling them unhygienic anti-socialist fools, and even leader Kim Jong Il (search) has trimmed his famous bouffant locks.
The hair campaign comes as North Korea's dictatorship struggles to tighten its control over information, monitor its population and dictate cultural tastes.
It is directing men to wear their hair "socialist style," deriding shabbily coifed men as "blind followers of bourgeois lifestyle."
North Korea's state-run Central TV even identifies violators by name and address, exposing them to jeers from other citizens.