I rarely plan Smorgasbord Sundays posts in advance because I like to let inspiration hit me between the eyes spontaneously without shattering my spectacles.
This time I knew a couple of days in advance what I wanted to write about – Bald Men!
It may seem very random (and I suppose it is), but the recent remarks made by Justin Bieber were the instigator.
In case you don’t keep up with entertainment news, Justin Bieber publicly commented on the follicle-challenged Prince William in Rollercoaster magazine, a UK publication.
They quoted him as saying:
“I mean, there are things to prevent that nowadays, like Propecia,” Bieber said. He added, “I don’t know why he doesn’t just get those things, those products. You just take Propecia and your hair grows back. Have you not got it over here?”
Before you continue reading my post, I would like to state for the record that I’m not a fan of Prince William (or any of the Royal Family – they’re just people to me). Also, I’m not a fan of Justin Bieber or his music. It’s just a personal preference – no hatred toward either of these individuals.
In this post, I’ll tell you not only what I think of Justin Bieber’s comment, but also what I think of bald men in general.
I’m very attracted to bald men who embrace their baldness instead of seeing it as a negative trait. Why? A lot of times, people hide behind their hair and use it to distract from something they’re insecure about. But, if you’re bald, you don’t have that security blanket, and to me, that confidence mixed with vulnerability is extremely sexy!
But I wouldn’t say that I’m only attracted to bald men. I like men with hair, too. And, of course, you have to take personality into consideration because looks aren’t everything – they’re just one element.
Going back to Justin Bieber’s comment now…
I’m not going to judge him harshly because of what he said. I realize that he’s just 18 years old. Sure, while he’s not a baby, he’s certainly not fully mature yet. And c’mon…when you were a teenager, I’m sure that you’ve also said or done stupid things.
That being said, Justin isn’t like most teenagers because he’s a celebrity. Things that he says (whether they’re true or false) are magnified more than things the average teenager would say. Also, just being in the public eye all the time tends to make even kids grow up faster and enter the adult world sooner.
It wasn’t surprising that he’d say such a thing, though. It seems like an unnecessary cheap shot at Prince William, who’s already made fun of by the media.
Making fun of bald men seems to be all too common, and it’s really something that annoys me. I don’t know why people feel the need to belittle others just based on how much hair they have (or don’t have).
It’s even worse when women start losing their hair. Society doesn’t seem as quick to accept this condition, and the person suffers strange looks and ridicule from others.
Or, hey, remember when Britney Spears got her hair shaved off completely? The media jumped on it like a pack of wolves and called her crazy. Right…because what woman would want to lose all her hair, right? *Rolls eyes* Sure, Britney has had problems, but just shaving your head doesn’t mean you’re psychotic!
As a female, sure, I don’t want to lose my hair. And some might say, “Well, if you think it’s so liberating, go shave your head!” If, one day, I naturally start balding, I will do my best to embrace the change, although it will be hard. And to those people who love hair so much, an equally ridiculous comeback would be something immature like, “Well, if you think having hair is so great, grow your hair down to your ankles!” Arguing with the irrational and hot-headed only leaves both parties feeling like you stuck needles into your eyes. Waste of time.
At least with men, balding is more acceptable. In fact, I think a lot of men just assume that eventually they’ll go bald when they’re very old. That’s how common it is.
(Interesting side note: Even when my dad passed away at the age of 71, he still had a full head of hair! He said that it was thinner than what he had when he was in his 20s, but he didn’t have any bald patches. So I guess it was in his genetics.)
In Justin Bieber’s comment, there’s the underlying assumption that just because a person is going bald, they should be trying to reverse it because it’s a bad thing.
Some men I’ve known have just shaved their entire head once they noticed they were balding because they “might as well just get used to it” and work with it.
To me, although it’s drastic, I find that course of action really empowering and inspiring. Instead of looking at hair loss like some sort of weakness to overcome, you flip it into something that’s powerful. You take charge, and it’s liberating. Tell me if you don’t find that sexy! (Plus just think about all the time you can save in the shower…haha!)
Even if men don’t go full throttle with the razor and they just let the balding unfold naturally, I still think that’s fine. This is a part of life, of aging, and of sometimes just genetics. We don’t all have to look like we’re 20 years old when we reach the age of 45. We don’t always have to seek the Fountain of Youth or the point of perfection.
There are many things about ourselves that we can put effort into changing – becoming more patient, going out of our way to help the underdog, and learning to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes. Ridiculing men for going bald seems like such a First World Problem.
What are your thoughts of Justin Bieber’s comment? What do you think of bald men in general? Have you been stressed out about hair loss?