Someone truly understands the historical and psychological symbolism of long hair and cutting or shaving it to degrade victims! The French did this to women who had been involved with German soldiers or officers in 1944. Throughout the ages, prisoners and slaves had their heads cropped, and the tonsure is a part of monastic asceticism.
I suppose this is another bright idea from the Christian right, from the kind of red-necks I had to deal with not so long ago when discussing the Islam question.
I came from a country when the punishment in vogue in schools at the time of my childhood was the old-fashioned six of the best with a cane or slipper, or at home, a couple of smacks by my father’s hand. Corporal punishment has rightly been frowned upon – now illegal in many places – due to the many abuses that happened, not excluding the possibility of adult perversion in some cases. Parenting is not one of my skills, but I believe that better results can be usually obtained via positive character building and instilling a sense of care for other people.
This barber proposes a service that involves making a child look like a bald man! What is the child in question to think of bald men? Do men become bald because they did something wrong in life? Is their baldness shameful? Of course the barber squirms out of scrutiny by saying that it was to be a very extreme punishment, but less so than spanking or whacking. Shaming a child has been standard practice in schools, such as having the child stand in the corner. Shaving the head leaves the child punished for at least two months, the time it takes for one inch of the hair to grow back.
The more I hear about things like this, the more I encourage men to grow their hair long if they feel it to be a part of their identity and way of life. Mine is coming on just fine, thank you…