It's a funny thing to be a woman with short hair. I have kept my hair short, more or less (with the occasional 'grow it out' lapse in judgement thrown in) for 7+ years. It started as a short, inverted-bob, and just got progressively shorter. At the moment it is what those in a know would describe as an 'asymmetric pixie'. Meaning it's short, but it longer on one side than the other. Going short, and then going shorter is pretty common. Most women who have had, and enjoyed, short hair will agree that the temptation to just keep. cutting. more. off is a hard one to resist.
For me, there is something liberating and powerful about having short hair. It goes just ever so slightly against the status-quo, but doesn't smash it entirely. It says to the world around me, "I'm a confident lady, and I don't give a fuck about your gender norms". It prompts people to stop me in the streets and tell me how much they love my hair, and how much they wish they "had the guts" to go short... but isn't so far out there that people cross the street when they see me, or won't allow their children to sit next to me on the bus.
Stranger still is the reaction some men have to your hair. Now, to give credit where it is due, in 2016 most men don't seem to bat an eye at my hair. That said, it's been a number of years since I have been in the dating pool, & as a married woman I am by-and-large shielded by the ridiculous, hilarious, and sometimes downright offensive things men say & assume about women with short hair.
"But at your core, you are & always will be a woman with a pixie cut."
- "You hair is cool. Have you ever thought about growing it out though?"
- "I've never had sex with a woman with short hair! That would be neat!"
- "I'm not normally attracted to women with short hair, but everything else about you makes up for it."
- "I don't date women with short hair because during sex I need something to hold onto, if you know what I mean."
These statements were so predictable while I was single that I actually took to saying, specifically, in my online dating profiles "Yes, I have short hair. NO, I will not grow it out for you."
I am certain there are a great many men out there who don't give a single fuck about how long or short a woman's hair is, and indeed, some men who even prefer short hair on a lady. To those men, I say BRAVO. But there are still a great number of them who are, at best, puzzled, and at worst offended by the decision of many beautiful women to cut off their long locks. Indeed, there are many women who are puzzled and/or offended by the decisions of other women to keep their hair short. What gives?