What Does The Cut And Style Of Hair Affect The Power It Holds?

1029 Words Mar 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
If we have determined that hair holds power, especially for women in U.S. society, how does the cut and style of hair affect the power it holds? As it turns out, how you style and cut your hair has a great deal of affect on how you feel about yourself, and how other see you.

“You wanna be taken seriously, you need serious hair,” states Melanie Griffith in the 1988 film, Working Girl. But what is ‘serious hair’? In an article released by the Today Show, a part of NBC News, entitled ‘What does your hair say about you? The message your style is sending,’ Rose Wietz, an author and professor at Arizona State University, states, “Short hair in contemporary American culture is typically seen as less sexy, but more professional. Women are expected to be feminine, but are also are expected to fit in with men’s norms in the workplace, in which, more often than not, they’re working with male bosses and working with male higher-ups, so, that’s always a trade-off.” Weitz also quotes an off the record interview she had with a women of high rank at a major U.S. corporation while researching for her book, “Rapunzel’s Daughters: What Women’s Hair Tells Us About Women’s Lives,” “She said you could look at the [company’s] organizational chart — the tree that shows who’s [in charge] of whom — and you could draw a line: Above that line, no woman’s hair touched her shoulders.” It seems as though if you want to be taken seriously in the workplace, the long locks must go. However, It isn’t just…

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