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Since when -- and why -- did men begin cutting their hair short? Cristen investigates the hairy truth behind gender expression and hairdos. Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1j2Ti3o Share on Twitter: http://ctt.ec/5dEh0 Subscribe: http://bit.ly/1l8JXv3 On the web: http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/momstuffpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StuffMomNeverToldYou Google+: http://bit.ly/1kNchOQ Tumblr: http://stuffmomnevertoldyou.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/stuffmomnevertoldyou# Join Cristen to get down to the business of being a woman and all the Stuff Mom Never Told You about bodies, boys and the female brain.
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Davido Star (1 month ago)
This only applies to Europe
Saving Duke (2 months ago)
I have long hair but going back to short hair
Alexandros Konstantinou (2 months ago)
I grow my hair like it was my kid and now its time to cut off for army,goodbye and i hope we will meet again...on my face 😂
Klay Thompson (2 months ago)
Long hair and real beards, I've done it all. God it is a pain to maintain long hair it takes over your life like being a girl.
yamasail (3 months ago)
These days you got too many old cucks who think short hair is the absolute only acceptable thing on men.
I'm gonna cut my hair short I am tired of this shit that girls have dresses, boys have short hair, girls have long hair, girls wear makeup and all that. This world sucks.
Pavel Hristov (4 months ago)
Most guys would suck with long hair. Plus not everyone lives in Sweden or whatever, I would hate to have long hair in 30°C like today.
lifeInfo (4 months ago)
Good information
niloo gh94 (4 months ago)
Men with long hair look so attractive to me
Bad Andy (5 months ago)
No 1 all the way around. That's how we do it in the 843 boy
Dario Stipić (6 months ago)
You look similar to the host of It's Okay to be Smart :D
vulkein (6 months ago)
clicked because i saw the triforce in thumbnail but had instead a disappointing
Jim Harding (6 months ago)
It is a joy and pleasure to watch and hear you. Informative, interesting and fun! Thank you!
Apex Fitness (6 months ago)
I'm not allowed to grow my because I'm in the Bahamas and it's against the rules to grow your hair but they allow white people and rastas to grow their hair so it's basically not fair
Horny Pervert (7 months ago)
So I can put my helmet on.
Tam Nguyen (9 months ago)
I'm a man and I have really long hair. People tell me to cut it but I find no valid reason on which I have to cut. That's why I'm here.
Fredric Utter (10 months ago)
I used to have very long hair but now I have short hair the reason i cut it was because it was annoying having long hair and second of all i looked like a girl and the third reason why i cut it was because I look much more better with short hair.
Andrei Cocor (1 year ago)
One day long hair on men will become popular again
Dane Logan (1 year ago)
Hair is a natural thing from God... it is not masculine or feminine..... it is something God gave every one of us to keep warm. Society uses gender roles too much.... learn to think outside that tiny box of society's rules and start thinking about God's rules. Personally every guy has short hair now and why would anyone want to go around looking like everybody else? Do what you want to do........ don't use something as natural as hair to define gender.
Giglepie Zon0 (1 year ago)
Fuck short hair. I hate being a man because others assume that men are pompous, obnoxious, egotistical, narcissists, die hard, happie go luck assholes. I try not to be like them my dream is to have 80s/90s big, thick, long, wavey, gothic jet black rock star hair that goes past my nees. Not the generic hip hop, malenial, fucking young adult movie star hair do. fuck those guys.
Icy Uranus (1 year ago)
it's actually in the Bible. Men have short hair in obedience to God so that they do not bring shame unto themselves or their families. long hair is for homosexuals and so-called men who do not work hard
Angelo Cortes (1 year ago)
Women are fucking stupid they don't get a Mans life
Both of my male cousins( which are brothers ) have long hair. When they go out in public their mistaking for girls, but the younger brother is cutting hair. The older brother refuses to. Their hair is fabulous I need it.
xxRafael Productions (1 year ago)
Lol that thumbnail
My parents won't let me have long hair, but I really want to grow my hair to the end of my shoulder blades or to the shoulder.
You silly Nugget (1 year ago)
Wait, so boys originally have long hair like girls but they just cut very short? Never knew that
Ampwich (1 year ago)
I feel like it's culture. If a male wants long hair, he might be worried of the weird looks he will get. People may find it odd.......but WHY is the question.
Stephen Vaughan (1 year ago)
didnt really address why the hair styles for men got long again in the 60s/70s...just look at footballers...and thenissues with "crew" cuts and skin head cuts of 60/70.80s...also....and the extreme hair cuts of short back and sides with long mop onto of today etc
Nugtroen (1 year ago)
i m metalhead and I've a long hair to headbanging...thrash till death!!!
Pink Zeppelin Cult (1 year ago)
I love guys with long hair, but today it's pretty rare. I always wondered why...I mean, at most private schools the boys are required to have hair about the ears, while girls can have any length they want.
Doug Unfunny (1 year ago)
I once had long hair but I got with girl who didn't like it so I cut it to please her because i was in wub. stupid me. she dumped me 6 months later. women today don't want to be told how to look but i cut my hair to appease my partner. fucking double standards.
markolt r (1 year ago)
Well fuck the short hair on my opinion. I like my long hair and nobody not even my mom can stop me.
Minolica (1 year ago)
Right now, I have a thing for guys with their hair longer than mine :3
Yankeezcap (1 year ago)
she acts like guys going to war and stabbing the shit out of each other is some kind of good thing. every time I watch these videos I respect this person significantly on grounds that she enjoys being a maximum jerk ass.
Slobodan Lazić (1 year ago)
Pfft i rather die than have you tell me what i do...You cut your hair i am proud to be long haired metalhead and Conan the barbarian alike men(he is ultimate manliest man of manlist men not your short haired modern sissies) or a viking...Besides i hate Rome and all it stands for and my ancestors were Slavs,barbarians with long hair and beard and i am proud of them...Long hair rules supreme and warriors of old were much more manly because they killed people using strength with axes and mauls and so forth...Fuck short hair and fuck being 1 of the sheep that looks like most of the guys,forever long hair,beard and metal... :P
Chris Hubley (1 year ago)
ceser was really paranoid about his premature baldness, which is why he cut his hair short and wore his laurel reath all the time
GB9J (1 year ago)
Do you know what also sucks about NOT being able to grow your hair as a man ? Jobs that require you to have short hair !!! Aaaaaarrrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhh !!! I HATE CUTTING MY HAIR !!
Gwydda (1 year ago)
Do you really have to shout in your videos?
Bountiful Botany (1 year ago)
The long hair men had in ancient Asia is pretty nice to me
ShadowPBPBC (1 year ago)
oh good gawd, guys in the 60's grew their hair out in protest of the pretext to contain communism for being drafted into the vietnam war. it was a sign of rebellion, most of them were pro socialist/communist (same thing with minor disagreement on property rights)
Knez Fikol (1 year ago)
No one ever talks about medium length hair. it's always either long or short.
justmadeit2 (1 year ago)
Very very few men look good with long hair. Ive seen guys with long hair in a ponytail, it just looks wrong. Men over a certain age with long hair looks wrong too. If your hair is thick and you are not over 40 then a minority can probably get away with longish hair...... or if you were in the Eagles in about 1974 !
sedeslav (1 year ago)
Roman Soldiers cuted their hair because they can wear helmets easily and in battle enemy can't grab you and pull you. also that is the best preventive against bugs.
Gumaro R. Villamil (1 year ago)
I guess to some degree I wear my hair long as a statement. As a small business owner (my own boss), I have no office dress code, so I do take a little pride in not having to wear a suit and a tie, and being able to have/not hide my tattoos. There must be some perks in not receiving a fixed salary...
FrownyMascot (1 year ago)
Long hair dont care my dudes
keukenkastje05 (1 year ago)
I wave my hair at thy, good man.
Vidar D (1 year ago)
for me short hair is just so easy to maintain.
Mulan (1 year ago)
Think you should mention the long wigs as a symbol of aristocracy too, that wasn't seen upon very well during the French revolution, exceptions not included, but it could be a part of the poor, short-haired man's struggle against the rich.
Fire of Jagz (1 year ago)
I want to grow long hair but my hair is too thick so it just grows sideways, fml -_-
HeartOfSky (1 year ago)
Getting past the awkward phase and getting enough weight to have your hair go downward takes a lot of patience and work. Hats, hats, hats!
kkknotcool (1 year ago)
Because when you are fighting hand to hand, like we did for almost all of human history, grabbing your enemies hair was an easy strategy to kill them. Not a masculinity construct, or fashion, it was about not dying. End of story.
kkknotcool (1 year ago)
Why men want short hair? To not look like women. Why women want long hair? To not look like men. Why men tend to have short hair throughout history? War. (no fashion, no feminism, no patriarchy, no religion, just practicality)
Khanter Octave De Six (1 year ago)
kkknotcool yeah I totally agree with you on that point, what I was confused about is why you mentioned feminism and the patriarchy when it was only touched on when talking about women's hair in the 20s-40s which is the reason most of them cut it short
kkknotcool (1 year ago)
I think hair length on men and women tends to be opposing considering most people actively try to appeal to the other sex and sexual dimorphism is one of the best ways of doing that and a quick hack like growing a certain length of hair can trick the opposite sex, giving you an advantage in reproduction. So to say women have x length of hair makes men want to have y length of hair. I mean you mentioned the 20s as being the short hair time for women.(and really the 30s too) So when in the 1900s did men wear their hair the shortest? I think it was the 40s. Also that was after the war.
Khanter Octave De Six (1 year ago)
kkknotcool oh ok, but women did cut their hair shorter in the 20s-40s for fashion and feminism... why do you think it had nothing to do with that? Btw, just to make myself clear, bc you can never tell with people online, I'm just purely curious on your point of view, not trying to argue or start a fight or something
kkknotcool (1 year ago)
I just watch the video on why women have long hair, before this one. I think I got it there.
Khanter Octave De Six (1 year ago)
kkknotcool ok, but I'm still having a hard time why your brought up feminism and the patriarchy. It wasn't mentioned once in the video
Steven Davidson (1 year ago)
While I know far more men with short hair, I know a considerable number that wear their hair long.
Nicholas Nace (1 year ago)
I wish I could grow my hair out long but I'm constantly mistaken for a woman and it's kinda annoying....
Steven Davidson (1 year ago)
I, don't get it.
Shunkawakan Okawingha (1 year ago)
Ah for the days when men with long hair were feared and strong. We used to build cities just so we could raise them to the ground XD
Cláudio Sampaio (1 year ago)
Compare this video to the one about long hair in women. Seems like men are really oppressed by the matriarchy to be so more bound to the current traditions and social status than women.
Um timo (1 year ago)
l like it when a man has good long healthy hair on his head. Ironically, I'm married to a man with a preceding hair line!👴
Meirstein (1 year ago)
Fun fact, the caesar cut came about because Julius Caesar was balding and was really self-conscious about it. He would keep the sides cut short, but would grow the top out as long as he could and would comb it forwards.
Northern Warrior (1 year ago)
And we know what happened to the Romans, ultimately--------------crushed, overrun, and destroyed by long-haired GERMANIC "barbarians", most of whom were long-haired and bearded. Not to mention larger and stronger than their little southern enemies. Northern European men then, as now, are generally much larger and stronger than southern European men.
WebX (1 year ago)
Holy shit. I didn't expect men's short hair to have a story so much more interesting and dramatic than women's long hair.
WhiteScorpio2 (1 year ago)
I style myself after Charles I. People often call me a musketeer.
lou leloup (1 year ago)
I thought the reasons were : 1) short hair is better for physical activity 2) Men often get bald, and a balding head with long hair looks rather ugly :p
lou leloup (1 year ago)
yes that makes sense !
loran1212 (1 year ago)
The physical thing is probably why long hair was connected with wealth. It would also make kinda sense why that isn't the case anymore, as in the western world, we now find things that SHOW that you do physical activity attractive(slim people, tan etc.), while before that was what you tried to avoid.
Johanna H (1 year ago)
men with long hair fck yeah <3
Mignonne Busser (1 year ago)
Very interesting, thanks
Thomas Degroat (1 year ago)
Whats up with the wonky Sierpinski triangle on the shirt?
Claire Nova (1 year ago)
Roman legionnaires kept hair short or shaven so enemies couldn't grab them by the long hairs
Japalloo (7 months ago)
Claire Nova I saw a video about the hair grabbing thing and trust me when dueling the last thing that appears in your head is: I'm going to grab an armed enemy bt the hair and completely expose myself
Northern Warrior (1 year ago)
And they STILL lost-------------------to men with LONG HAIR. Germanic "barbarians" vs. the supposed superiority of short, short-haired Romans? Well, we know how that turned out for the Romans in the end................. little southern European men vs. large, long-haired, bearded Germanic men? Good night. As history tells.
Sherlockian Fannibal (1 year ago)
I'm attracted to long haired guys WTF. Idk why tho.
Sherlockian Fannibal (1 year ago)
In ancient Greece cutting hair was a sign of maturity and intering the world of Adulthood!
Dylan A. Kent (1 year ago)
Great video, wish the extreme long hair styles of the 1970s & 1980s were mentioned. They weren't hippy necessarily and they were far more extremevthan anything in the 1960s. I think they were more anti-yuppie and reflective of a Heavy Metal affection for Medievalism and Pagan Renaissance. Men's hair was gorgeous then and even better - no beards.
Dion7 (1 year ago)
I think long hair generally looks attractive on men. Not that it's better than short hair, just a preference. Especially combined with a short, neat beard.
Armando Sturzenegger (2 months ago)
Or just a thic mustache 👍
Consumed King (1 year ago)
Most Celts and Germanic tribes prior to Roman conquest of Northern Europe had long hair,
wlee55 (1 year ago)
Money and power! I never would have guessed!
lloydgush (1 year ago)
We know why, it's called army. Basically a short hair (and beard) was a staple of the army. (less stuff for opponents to grab into and easier to clean in the most dire conditions, even body hair if possible) Basically it was a sign that you sold your life and liberty for money, and it signaled you didn't valued your life and that you had more money than the average. Eventually it became a symbol of self sacrifice of vanity, life, and of a strong puritanism that became a sign of piety for the christian aristocracy and eventually almost mandatory for men. Of course, rich men, (as always) always found a way to maintain vanity and the display of wealth if possible by showing lavish haircuts just like women always did regardless of hair length.
IronheadOfScroteus (1 year ago)
I have long hair, getting thinner at 49 now, though. I'm jealous of Cristen's hair.
Tyler Stevens (1 year ago)
Funny I had long hair in college ONLY because women liked it. Sadly, it's a lot thinner now so short is how it has to be. :-(
Aquarius1011 (1 year ago)
Gender equality is not just for women, otherwise it isn't gender equality. Gender equality is regarding others as people, rather than as men or women. It is not to do with the physical and emotional (When these get brought into it, it doesn't work out.), but the intellectual and spiritual.
GrandElemental (2 years ago)
Because it's so much easier to have a short hair. I've had both. No reason to ever grow a long hair again.
SeJason 56 (1 year ago)
I've had both... having long hair is fucking awesome although annoying.
Zebedee Summers (1 year ago)
I just realized I switch depending on whom Im dating and that makes me sort of sad. At least I always have it within 4 inches of the extremes.
GrandElemental (1 year ago)
+TheOzumat Takes a long while to dry, though. ;)
TheOzumat (1 year ago)
Long hair is awesome for winter, my friend.
Nate fletcher (2 years ago)
Surrey but the shorter your hair beard body or head the more you look like a child
M677337 (2 years ago)
love your stuff she is amazing
McFlingleson (2 years ago)
Back when I was a kid, I saw men with long hair in movies set in medieval times and I really liked the way it looked. I thought it looked very stately and dignified. I continued to think that up to the present day. I always wanted to have long hair but my parents wouldn't let me. Now I'm a grown-ass man and I do have long hair, and I don't care what anyone thinks about it.
Minimalist Vlogger (1 month ago)
thats so awesome! what kind of job do you have if i can ask?
Weston Guidero (3 months ago)
All about doing you. :) Good for you. I always had shaved hair until middle school/highschool when I could start making decisions for my own. Parents are great at times, but sometimes limit you of being yourself. Growing up is cool, except for rent. Fuck rent.
jon (4 months ago)
Same ;))
jade rozner (1 year ago)
yes to long haired men!!
Skelloween (1 year ago)
That's the spirit. Long hair is hot!
topherh33 (2 years ago)
Simple answer... Men have short hair because of their utility and disposability to serve women
Robert Glass (2 years ago)
Most men have short hair so they don't look like A WOMAN!
Lauren Kahre (1 year ago)
Robert Glass and looking like a woman is bad, because.....oh yes, misogyny.
Nate fletcher (2 years ago)
So they would rather look like babies?
Once again, short hair on men meant that one had time and resources to maintain their appearence in public, where as poor men didn't.
Suzemuis (1 year ago)
I only fall in love with men with long hair.. :L I cannot feel attracted to short haired men, because some part of me thinks it's infantile to have short hair.. And I want an MAN not a boy. Wegh! #longhair-sexual ayyyy xD
daivahataka (1 month ago)
+dieselscience of course that's not why she doesn't shave her legs, she doesn't shave anything because it would be "infantile", after all any other behaviour from her would be hypocritical would it not? 😅
isaiah T (7 months ago)
j rudy morgan clark (8 months ago)
Suzemuis well you shoul comment that when i used to have full of hair .
CosmicBaconCat (11 months ago)
Suzemuis most people just think it looks feminine smh I have super long hair lol
RocKiteman _ 2001 (2 years ago)
FWIW: Two things that I *did not* mention in my previous comment on October 7th...which YT *is not* allowing me to reply to directly for some reasom: (1) Short hair IS easier to take care of, although about all I do with my {long and NOT curly} hair now is wash & comb/brush it out; (2) Having my hair 'laying' over my ears & neck has *never* bothered me, but in *warm weather* if I DO NOT have my hair tired back, my ears and neck where my hair is resting tend to get *hot* to the point where I start perspiring. In cooler weather however, this becomes an asset...
Honey Soul Twin (2 years ago)
You surely did great on oral exams at school. I'm jelly.
Peter Sommer (2 years ago)
short hair has to do with not being vulnerable
are you low-key retarded phatpat?
phatpat63 (1 year ago)
Grow your hair out, get in a fight, and then say that moron.
DaaaahWhoosh (2 years ago)
I get my hair cut short because otherwise it would start curling in the back, and then the front would go into my eyes and also curl in a really strange way (it actually curls into the shape of a heart some days, definitely the manliest of styles). Plus, it takes forever to dry and I have to constantly move it around to get it to not look stupid or be in my way. With shorter hair, it dries on its own in minutes and all I have to do to make it look nice is push it back with one hand.
dothedeed (2 years ago)
I think you ignored the whole male patterned baldness issue. After all that was why Caesar cut his hair that short and started wearing the wreath of leaves on his head.
DATMemeboi (2 years ago)
actully, it is all to do with war and military. riding into battle with hair getting into your eyes is damn messy, and all the hair under the helmet would be a breeding ground for lice.
MasoviaPolska (1 year ago)
And yet there were warrior peoples----in fact, THE most manly and masculine and strongest of all warrior people, EVER---the Vikings, the Celts, the Balts. They wore their hair long in SPITE of the fact that yes, it could be grabbed in combat. They were secure enough in their ability to kill the shorter, weaker, short-haired combatants they were fighting that they didn't need to cut their hair short. Men shouldn't cut their hair or their beards. It's funny-----men who can't grow facial hair are usually the same men who insist men be clean-shaven and short-haired. Low testosterone, anyone?
Nope.jpg (1 year ago)
Not to mention your enemy could pull your hair.
Darc Mac (1 year ago)
Surely, you are joking. Rambo is a Hollywood fantasy, not even close to reality. Yeah, you're just clowning...lol
YoSoyGabo (1 year ago)
say that to Rambo X'D
Ben Wagner (2 years ago)
And that goes back to Alexander the Great shaving off the beard. Nothing to grab during wrestling matches and battles.
s7w2a (2 years ago)
If long hair look good on woman why wont it look good on men we live in a world of double standard which is unfair. men are attracted to woman regardless long hair or short hair. some think short is cute, some think long is cute but whatever. it all preference.
Kestrelfalke (2 years ago)
Of late, I believe that young men are attempting to hide male pattern baldness by shaving their heads.
A Cat From Space (2 years ago)
I have my hair hanging over my butt and I've been growing it for 7 or 8 years :)
A Cat From Space (1 year ago)
Ethans Music (2 years ago)
I have long hair and I'll never go back to short.
Well, naturally, womens head hair grows faster, women have longer head hair, whereas men have longer and faster growing body and facial hair. Men with uncut hair in history would still have shorter hair than a woman who had never got a hair cut. Other than fashion implications, mens hair is often shorter than womens hairstyles because it is more practocal for work, and if they are very poor workers ( coal miners etc) short hair means less crap gets in it, less washing and they can forget abiut haircuts for a while. Women having longer hair makes sense, it is objectively more beautiful than a crew cut or shorter female specific hairstyles, and men naturally prefer a more feminine looking, beautiful woman, even today, the women who work can keep their long hair, as they very rarely do manual labour or machining, imagine getting your hair caught in a lathe, it would pull you in, rub off your face and snack your neck, men using tools would not take the risk of having very long hair, not that most want to anyway. I will also quickly mention hair length and status ( not about wigs ). A rich medieval dude may well have had long hair, as unlike people who needed to work, the practicality of their hair did not matter much. Having very long hair showed that you did not need to work, this is similar to how aristocrats rarely used their watches to tell the time ( rich people do what they want, everyone worked on their terms, not the other way around, so they did not need to know the time), or how they did not discuss money ( they have loads so it is irrelevant, why would they need to mention it when they have more than enough as it is?, or women in court ( not the criminal kind lol) wore very wide, inpractical dresses ( they can because they don't have to work, they need not be able to do anything as they have servants). It's all about status
Vitorruy1 (1 year ago)
That's a myth, men and women hair grows at the same average rate.
Pandaoniman (2 years ago)
The other possibilities are military uniformity and lice.
Warlock 41 (2 years ago)
Well that explains it, thank you evermuch for ruin it Juilez Ceaser.
ayy lmaoo (2 years ago)
I can see americans consider long hair something that is like half a meter long but i consider long hair something that fits under your ears P.S: Every girl in my class is fucking hot and i heard they like guys with long hair so its a real panty dropper
Live 4 Jah (2 years ago)
I have long hair and I'm a boy
linguaphile (2 years ago)
Just realized why they call it a Caesar cut. I'm an idiot.
jeremy hjpr (2 years ago)
That looks like a Triforce on your shirt....
Jesse Williamson (2 years ago)
I wear it long 'cause I just look fuckin' awesome
馬行空 (2 years ago)
I have cut my hair in years

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