Yes, I Have Short Hair. No, I’m Not a Lesbian.
I am not your typical girl. As far as stereotypes go about females in their early twenties, I pretty much break them all. I don’t wear makeup very often, babies freak me out, and pink is not my favorite color (I have two favorites, red and black, just in case you were wondering). I’m pretty much a tomboy, except I don’t play sports. One of the biggest ways I defy generalizations about girls is the fact that I have really short hair, and I’ve noticed in recent months that for some reason my pixie cut is throwing people off. I am asked on a regular basis if I am a lesbian (which I’m not, not that there would be anything wrong with me if I was). I have been told on several different occasions that I look like Christopher Reeve, Harry Potter (without glasses), and even Michael Cera (although it probably didn’t help that I dressed up as his character from the movie ‘Juno’ one year for Halloween). Instead of comparing me to the likes of Pat Benatar, Natalie Portman, or any other kick-ass short-haired females, I get told I look like a boy.
I am here to tell you that not every girl with short hair actually looks like a boy, and not every girl with short hair is a lesbian. I have plenty of gay friends who I love and admire, but I myself am straight. I am also a fully-fledged female with curves and legs that need shaving and nails that I polish (sometimes). It’s very important to never judge a book by its cover, which unfortunately is something that we as human beings tend to do a lot. I may not be the girly-est girl, according to the typical definition, but I’m still a girl, and a heterosexual one at that. I don’t feel that I should have to have long hair in order for people to find me attractive or think of me as womanly. My chest and my hips should more than make up for it! My point is, I am no less feminine than anybody else just because I can’t put my hair up in a ponytail.
Look past someone’s outer appearance and you might find that they’ll surprise you. The fact that I have short hair and don’t wear makeup every day are not signs that I’m gay, but actually signs that I would rather sleep in the extra 30 minutes in the morning than deal with styling my hair and going through an entire makeup regimen. My showers are much more efficient with 5 times less hair to wash. Plus, without all that extra hair in the way, you can actually see my face (which is pretty, I promise). And when you come up and talk to me instead of assuming I’m gay and writing me off, you’ll find I hate spiders, I love romantic comedies, and I occasionally even wear high heels – which are just a few stereotypes that even I’m not ready to break yet.
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