I really, really love my hair. I get it, it's just dead cells, but I can't pretend it's not important to me. I care for it, I nourish it, I primp it — it's basically my pet. My oft-repeated and embarrassing mantra is always, "My hair is my source of power." And, I truly think it is, purely due to how much care, time, and love my strands are imbued with. In an ideal world I would flout the patriarchal constraints placed on how a woman's hair must look to be considered societally beautiful, but I can't deny the fact that I adore being blonde and I love having long hair (and that doesn't make me a bad feminist — but more on that later).
Due to the fact that my hair is just that — what society views as conventionally desirable — I've gotten a lot of interesting responses to my strands from all different types of men over the years. Some have been boyfriends, some have been just friends (well, mostly . . . ), and some have been strange men on the street who feel like they are somehow entitled to have an opinion about my body because I'm a woman who dares to exist in public ( . . . sigh). Either way, I'm usually either extremely amused or moderately confused, so I've catalogued some of the best responses I've gotten for your reading pleasure here.