I know, I know, we think of it as a place where anything goes. And in one manner, that\’s entirely true. You can be the surf bunny, the goth, the hippie, Christianist, you can follow whatever path you desire by and large.
But within each of those defined paths there\’s a very definite pressure not to deviate. The surf bunny with the black fingernail polish would be considered very strange.
As an example:
Moreover, for better or worse, smooth straight hair has become synonymous with \”professional\” in America. Show up with curly hair, and you might as well show up with waist-length beads and an incense burner.I would like to fight this, especially since it smacks so much of ethnic prejudice. Why on earth have we defined the hair type that most Irish, Jewish, and black women have as less professional than fine straight hair that can be blow-dried in 10 minutes? I know it\’s close to my brains and all, but they\’re not actually connected.But I do not want to be a curly-haired revolutionary at the cost of my career. As one black female journalist said to me, \”You don\’t want TV bookers referring to you as \’the curly haired one\’.\” I want to be \”the one who can talk about taxes\”.Nonetheless, I\’m experimenting. I went curly for a Cato event last night that I normally would have straightened for. We\’ll see how far I\’m willing to push beyond the straight and narrow.