We live in a society where everyone is presumed straight until out, or outed. We’re told that what’s between someone’s legs decides what they should wear, and that this in turn shows who they’re sexually attracted to. In lay terms, as you stand in a queue for a club at 11pm on a Friday night, you assume that the person in front of you in a skirt is a woman and she’s looking to snog a man tonight. But this engendered behaviour isn’t innate. It’s not intrinsic for men to wear lumberjack shirts, swagger and spit, just as it’s not intrinsic for women to wear pants as outerwear, trot along on heels and pluck their eyebrows. As Judith Butler put it in her 1990 book Gender Trouble, gender is a “performance”.

Playing with traditional gender roles does not make anyone more or less of a man, or more or less of a woman. God knows Grayson Perry’s definitely got a cock. But performing gender roles other than the one society insists upon can help individuals develop an appearance that makes them identifiable to other members of the gay community.

With heteronormativity abounding, it’s important, if lesbians are ever to get laid, to show other lesbians that they exist. And how do they do this? Well, for the purposes of making this blog that bit more indispensable than it should be: they do it with hair.

One Response to “Why?”

  1. Hanna June 5, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    I just got a haircut for that exact reason! :)

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