I was having dinner with a group of friends a couple months ago when I realized that, in a reversal of how things were among my friends five or six years ago, all the men at the table had short hair and all the women at the table had at least shoulder-length hair. One female friend of mine who's had very short hair as long as I've known her recently started growing it out; she realized she'd been sending the wrong orientation signals, which was frustrating to everyone.
But Kam got her braids chopped off a couple weeks back, and then Jenn got a haircut (which she inexplicably doesn't like), and then Mary Anne got her hair cut too, so maybe the trend is reversing again. While I like long hair just fine, I confess to being generally a little more fond of short hair (especially on women), though it does depend a lot on the person.
Anyway, the song "Don't Ever Bob Your Hair, Girls" just came on my iTunes mix, so I figured I should offer it as a belated warning to those of you of the female persuasion who are contemplating joining the short-hair trend:
Why do you bob your hair, girls?
It is an awful shame
To rob the head God gave you
And bear the flapper's name.
You've taken off your covering;
It is an awful sin.
Don't ever bob your hair, girls;
Short hair belongs to men.
A Digital Tradition mirror site has lyrics and music, only they're significantly different from the lyrics and music in the catchier Cross Country recording that I have. (I keep coming across Digital Tradition lyrics that are clearly wrong, and full of typos, but getting corrections made is apparently a very slow process. That's one of the things I love about Wikipedia: if there's a typo, you just go in and correct it. I wonder if Digital Tradition would be more accurate if it were turned into a wiki.)
One nice thing about Digital Tradition is the source notes, at least for some songs. I'm amused that this song turns out to have been written by someone named Blind Alfred Reed; maybe if he hadn't been blind, he'd have liked short hair on women better.