10.05.2011

liftoff and subsequent justification

In case you had not deduced from the last post, I shaved my head on Monday.

While I like it, I have quickly gotten tired of the constant iterations of "why?" (sometimes with the subtext of "you must be crazy," sometimes just out of curiosity). I have yet to come up with a response that accurately conveys my feelings about the question; it does not cease to amaze me that I'm expected to justify with some especially persuasive reason why I would shave my head; no one would ever bother to ask why I decided to get an inch trimmed off. To me, it is very nearly the same question: it is hair either way.

Lately, I'm tempted to start quoting Merchant of Venice at them; Shylock's speech in Act 4 scene 1 is an accurate and eloquent answer to the question of "why":
. . . I'll not answer that:
But, say, it is my humour: is it answer'd?
What if my house be troubled with a rat
And I be pleased to give ten thousand ducats
To have it baned? What, are you answer'd yet?
Some men there are love not a gaping pig;
Some, that are mad if they behold a cat;
And others, when the bagpipe sings i' the nose,
Cannot contain their urine: for affection,
Mistress of passion, sways it to the mood
Of what it likes or loathes. Now, for your answer:
As there is no firm reason to be render'd,
Why he cannot abide a gaping pig;
Why he, a harmless necessary cat;
Why he, a woollen bagpipe; but of force
Must yield to such inevitable shame
As to offend, himself being offended;
So can I give no reason, nor I will not . . .


Unfortunately, even if I managed to recite the whole thing, I would still get blank stares.

6 comments:

  1. I was truly sorry to see your hair go, as I believe you have been blessed with one of the most beautiful heads of hair I have ever seen. My whole life I have wanted dark brown curls.

    That said, you are rocking it.

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  2. Your hair, unlike so many things in life, will return in time.

    If I had the guts to do it, I would justify it by saying "why not?"

    I think it says a lot that a woman can't shave her head without a so many questions, particularly the question of purpose. I say good for you. I wouldn't dare ask why because you don't really need a reason, do you.

    /rant

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  3. I'd love to shave my head. But I get SO SICK of hearing complaints about it when I take a couple of inches off that I would end up murdering someone the first day of shaved headdom.

    So cheers to you.

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  4. I'm excited to watch it grow back in. Bret said the other night, "I think of anyone we know, Tasha is the only person who could truly pull off a shaved head like a bad ass."

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  5. I've used "why not?" a few times.

    Apparently the rumor going around school was that I did it for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I kind of wish that was the reason, now.

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  6. Also, Katie, I think the extremeness of the shaving has curtailed a lot of that. I haven't had one complaint so far, and I usually get a ton when I cut it shorter.

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