Amongst the most distinctive elements of femininity, women’s hair features high in the list. Short or long, brown or blonde, that’s not really the issue: for all women, hair has a particular significance and it revolves around several very different functions.
– Symbol of femininity: For a long time, women didn’t have the right to cut their hair. Cutting it became a humiliation, particularly at the time of the Liberation when women accused of having sexual relations with enemy soldiers were shaved and shorn of their femininity which they were judged to have abused. Boyish cuts only started making an appearance during the interwar years.