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Mane Attraction -- Writer's Poke #121


For Writers:

When you start to go bald, my wife tells me, just shave off your hair. Don't do a comb-over.

I have no intention of doing a comb-over, but that's a choice a lot of men make. Don't they know better? They must, but something about vanity blinds them to the fact that they are doing something that most swore they'd never do.

Does hair still equal masculinity in our culture? Chest hair is no longer sexy, unless you're David Hasselhoff or Paul Stanley. Leg hair doesn't seem to be important either, although I remember when I was growing up that kids would point out that I didn't have a lot of it, as if not having a sufficient amount of leg hair made me less of a man.

I've kept a goatee for years, but that's simply out of convenience. Shaving every day is a drag, as I found out when I experimented with the bald look -- both face and head -- in my early 20s. But assuming I do start going bald like my dad and his dad before him, I have no problem shaving daily and showing off my lumpy skull.

What does your hair say about you? If you're not bald not now, would you be willing to shave it all off?

"We're all born bald baby." - Telly Savalas

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