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Gender Brainwashing - Why do men in general have short hair and women have long hair?

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posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 02:51 PM
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This is not suppose to be a serious discussion, just interested in your theories. It used to be fashionable for men to have long hair, the rich had wigs made etc

But yeah, in general we raise children with the idea that boys have short hair and girls have long. Is there any actual reason for why?




posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 02:53 PM
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I wouldn't doubt there is a long list of reasons. Even today certain styles where men have long hair and girls have short hair. It could be that society was changing and it became more common to see men with shorter hair and feminine for women to have longer hair.



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 02:53 PM
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Probably just gender roles really. I'm actually more interested in why women across many different cultures tend to wear dresses or forms of dresses and men usually wear pants.



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 02:55 PM
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It wasnt so long ago the in the UK baby boys wore dresses and clothes coloured pink in the victorian age.



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 02:56 PM
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I have had long hair since 93.Never cut since then.



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 02:57 PM
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Maybe it's just better that way.



'Just sayin'



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 02:57 PM
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Sports



A very good look at the history of the short haircuts suggests that it took its leap from America and this was in the athletic world.


Source



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 02:57 PM
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For the same reasons business men wear suits and business women wear skirts and dresses. A certain amount is for literally detecting the opposite sex, we are animals after all and who wants it to be any harder to find a compatible mate


I wish there were no expectations for dress code and hair styles etc.



Men and women are different and so there will always be the differences.



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 02:58 PM
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Originally posted by Phoenix267
I wouldn't doubt there is a long list of reasons. Even today certain styles where men have long hair and girls have short hair. It could be that society was changing and it became more common to see men with shorter hair and feminine for women to have longer hair.


Yeah im sure there are alot of reasons, just weird how we carry it on today. It seems very significant for children in general - Boys have short hair, girls have long, anyone who steps outside of that norm must be confused about their gender!?



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 02:59 PM
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I guess in modern times, short hair became standard due to military enrollment? It wasn't always so in the past but I guess in the last century, with new electric razors and military service becoming standard, it just drifted towards that since so many had served in WWI and II and onward requiring military cuts.

As for women, I believe the custom of long hair has a religious basis as long hair on a woman was seen as a religious covering. Thousands of years old custom. And I think some women also used their hair for washing.



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 02:59 PM
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Originally posted by Krazysh0t
Probably just gender roles really. I'm actually more interested in why women across many different cultures tend to wear dresses or forms of dresses and men usually wear pants.


Good question, might add that to the OP lol



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 03:00 PM
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Originally posted by EnigmaAgent
It wasnt so long ago the in the UK baby boys wore dresses and clothes coloured pink in the victorian age.


I am from the UK. Does that count for christening photos to?



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 03:02 PM
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I know in my culture (Latino/Hispanic) it's very common to identify muscular strong men as the poster child for what men should look like. I guess that's why I have always saw it as weird to see other men dress in anything feminine or use ladies products. It's like we're from a different world.



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 03:02 PM
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Short hair for males goes back to the time of Julius Caeser or prior. (based on the Caeser cut)


it is unclear whether Julius Caesar was the first person to wear a haircut named after him. For all we know, it could have been popular haircut era - one that he found and took the fancy. Or it could not be his own invention, because Julius Caesar was a fairly awarded for the discovery. What is clear is that he is the one who popularized it, and honor to those who wear it, Caesar haircut has survived thousands of years, so it is still widely used (and still widely considered to be relevant) up to this date.


But Head Shaving goes back further then that.


The earliest historical records describing head shaving originated in ancient Mediterranean cultures, such as Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The Egyptian priest class ritualistically removed all body hair by plucking. This included hair on the head, eyebrows, and beard.


As for women, it could assumed it's simply traditional and a way to show sophistication.


In ancient civilizations, women's hair was often elaborately and carefully dressed in special ways. Women coloured their hair, curled it, and pinned it up in a variety of ways.



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 03:02 PM
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Originally posted by SearchLightsInc
This is not suppose to be a serious discussion, just interested in your theories. It used to be fashionable for men to have long hair, the rich had wigs made etc

But yeah, in general we raise children with the idea that boys have short hair and girls have long. Is there any actual reason for why?


With men it is purely fashion and cultural identity whether hair is long or short, but with the exception of Sparta, where women had their hair cut short prior to marriage, women have universally been expected to keep their hair long. With even some laws prohibiting women from having short hair. A good example is the Joan of Arc trial. One of the charges against her, as a witch, was because she had cut her hair short like a man (in conjunction with dressing as a man, all 'signs' of witchcraft...though more often adopted as a means, as with Joan, of avoiding rape and sexual molestation).



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 03:04 PM
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Originally posted by yourmaker
Short hair for males goes back to the time of Julius Caeser or prior. (based on the Caeser cut)


it is unclear whether Julius Caesar was the first person to wear a haircut named after him. For all we know, it could have been popular haircut era - one that he found and took the fancy. Or it could not be his own invention, because Julius Caesar was a fairly awarded for the discovery. What is clear is that he is the one who popularized it, and honor to those who wear it, Caesar haircut has survived thousands of years, so it is still widely used (and still widely considered to be relevant) up to this date.


But Head Shaving goes back further then that.


The earliest historical records describing head shaving originated in ancient Mediterranean cultures, such as Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The Egyptian priest class ritualistically removed all body hair by plucking. This included hair on the head, eyebrows, and beard.


As for women, it could assumed it's simply traditional and a way to show sophistication.


In ancient civilizations, women's hair was often elaborately and carefully dressed in special ways. Women coloured their hair, curled it, and pinned it up in a variety of ways.




thanks



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 03:05 PM
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Originally posted by KilgoreTrout

Originally posted by SearchLightsInc
This is not suppose to be a serious discussion, just interested in your theories. It used to be fashionable for men to have long hair, the rich had wigs made etc

But yeah, in general we raise children with the idea that boys have short hair and girls have long. Is there any actual reason for why?


With men it is purely fashion and cultural identity whether hair is long or short, but with the exception of Sparta, where women had their hair cut short prior to marriage, women have universally been expected to keep their hair long. With even some laws prohibiting women from having short hair. A good example is the Joan of Arc trial. One of the charges against her, as a witch, was because she had cut her hair short like a man (in conjunction with dressing as a man, all 'signs' of witchcraft...though more often adopted as a means, as with Joan, of avoiding rape and sexual molestation).


Good contribution, thank you



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 03:11 PM
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My husband has hair halfway to his waist. Every man i've dated has had long hair, I guess I just love great long hair.
I don't know why many have the opinion that long hair on men is girly, I think it quite the opposite but it's all just personal preference. In my opinion short hair (less than shoulder length) is almost always unattractive on women, it's just my opinion I don't care for it at all. I won't berate a women for having short hair though it is after all their choice.

Hair is believed by many to add to our beauty so long beautiful hair on a man even a manly one can be seen by many as too pretty and no hair on a pretty female face is seen as masculine. I guess it's just the way we were brought up. No real reason for it because as you stated men wore long hair and or wigs in the past but I can't think of a time where the norm for women was to have short hair. Has that ever been the case for any time period?




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posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 03:14 PM
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Even though pulling hair is considered poor form when fighting, long hair is easy to get a hold off, short hair is not.

Men fight more than Women physically anyway. So short hair is an advantage.
LoL

Seems as good a reason as any other. Especially in days gone by.
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posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 03:14 PM
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Another thing, about women's hair...in most 'old' European cultures, right up until the second world war, it was tradition for a girl to have her hair plated, a maiden, her hair down and a married woman to wear her hair pinned up.

For the ladies out there with long hair, a little experiment to try, is to note the difference in male response when you go out with your hair up, or tied back, to when you go out with it down
It still works as an advertisement of availability on some base or primordial level.




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