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Do Bangs Keep You From Being Taken Seriously?

The New York Times just had a trend piece on the return of bangs. (But didn't that happen last year?) The story talks about how getting bangs—or fringe, as our English friends say—is a big step. I was happy to see a mention of singer Cat Power, whose Birkin-esque bangs have become her signature look.

The odd thing about the story, though, is this somewhat puzzling quotation:

“It’s the grass-is-always-greener haircut,” said Jessica Vitkus of Manhattan, a producer at Public Radio International, who opts for a shaggy Loretta Swit-type fringe. “The shorter bangs are too cutesy,” she said. “I don’t think you can name one woman who has those blunt bangs who is taken seriously in a professional setting.”

I'm surprised by this opinion, as I've worked with completely competent women who have bangs, and their hairstyle never made me think, "Oh, that Cecilia is a joker, showing off those blunt bangs." I mean, it's not like bangs look like a Bozo the Clown wig. What do you think?

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