Looking at this, I think: if they could get away with it, the Social Justice Warriors would like nothing better than to shave the heads of Trump voters in the public square.
How far away are we from this in America?
Les poules a bouches, they called them in 1944. Hens with mouths. Because the problem couldn’t have been the collapse of the French Army in three weeks in 1940, the men whisked away to labor camps as prisoners of war. Or a third of the population being openly Fascist at the beginning of WW II. Or the southern portion of the country being ruled by Vichy. The women of Paris, left to fend for themselves, made accommodations with the conqueror women have made always. We can’t have that, can we?
Behold the whores.
The Pathé archives are filled with documentation of the shaving of the collaborators horizontale, none I found with the dignity of the woman above, who somehow manages to maintain poise when those around her are losing theirs, enobling herself in the most adverse of circumstance. Does grace under pressure indicate innocence or a facility with deception? Did she love her paramour, or was she feeding her family?
After her hair grew back, for how long did she bear the burden of being that woman?
We are fast approaching a moment in American civil life when we are either going to be She Who is Sitting in the chair, or the guy wielding the clippers. We will be told to be one or the other. We may wish to be publically reticent in certain matters, we may long for the pleasure of a pint unencumbered by public declarations of fealty to one side or the other, but in the end, the culture war will sniff us out. It will scratch at our door. We will be made to care.
We’ll look back with nostalgia on a simpler time when head shaving was an act of personal renewal.
How much dignity we maintain then will be up to us.