Wednesday, March 09, 2005

On Balding

I think it was Lewis Grizzard who wrote an article lamenting that rednecks are the last minority left unprotected by the politically correct movement. It's still okay to make fun of them without getting anyone too riled up.

I've been thinking lately, as I lose more of my hair, that baldness is another area where we as a society are comfortable saying things we'd never say about some other "defect" in physical appearance. You'd never say, "Oooh, that mole looks a lot bigger than it did last Christmas," but we don't bat an eye about telling Uncle Jim his hair's rapidly leaving the premises. And it's not like the comment catches Uncle Jim unaware. "Really? My hair's falling out? Boy, am I glad you said something! I certainly don't spend the first and last five minutes of each waking day assessing the relative sparsity of my coiffure."

At a wedding reception a couple of years ago, an old family friend approached me and said, "You've lost a lot of hair since I saw you last." I wanted to reply with, "You're a lot uglier than I remember you," but that's exactly my point -- it's socially acceptable to embarrass me about my hair but my hands are tied when it comes to pointing out that you're not aging so well yourself.

I'm off to listen to Top Of My Head by David Wilcox.


At 10:47 PM, Blogger hill2802 said...

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My hairline is making a beeline for my behind, so I got proactive and shaved my head. My kids don't miss an opportunity to remind me that it will grow back...

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Joe said...

I had a stripper tell me that if I
was a little less bald and less fat
I'd look like George from Seinfeld.

Yes, I'm a member of the last oppressable minority group. why doesn't the man get his boot off my


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