I got a buzz cut after nearly 21 years with hair that fell halfway down my back, and people suddenly feel compelled to share their evaluations of my decision:
“You’re still beautiful.”
Reassuring me that you like the way I look despite a significant part of my appearance is not a compliment.
“Women look better with long hair.”
Thus spake the Boner God.
“Are you a lesbian now?”
Yes. You are such a good detective. Well done.
“So, you like it?”
No. I hate it. That’s why I did it. Because I hate it so much.
“Most men like women with long hair.”
This is relevant to my decision making precisely never.
“You might intimidate people.”
“But your long hair was so pretty!”
And I liked you so much better before you opened your mouth.
“I like girls with short hair.”
How very progressive of you.
“When are you growing it out?”
Who knows? My short hair is not an interlude.