Treatise on the ethics of the man-bun


#1

Why is it a man bun, specifically, rather than simply a bun? Isn’t there an element of casual sexism of referring to common things as “man-thing” or “woman-thing”?


Undercover cop with hideous man bun recorded as he snoops through a guy's car
#2

You’ve really honed in on the important part of the story.


#3

The person who writes the story decides what the significant details are. What I am doing is being critical of the significance of that detail. I am not the one who thought it needed to be in the headline. Nor the only content tag for the article (“bad hair”) - the tag is about hair, not police misconduct.

Granted, we can’t all have amazing hair like Mark!

But yes, I think that casual sexism as applied to clothes and grooming has a comparable impact upon society on a daily basis as snoopy cops do. We can be critical of both.


#4

Friend, if you think it’s “casual sexism” to refer to that doofus’ hair as a “man bun,” much less that it’s comparable to police misconduct on the scale of things to be upset about, then you and I have fundamentally different understandings of the world in which we live.


#5

I have been illegally searched by police. Run off the road by police. Deliberately run down by police in their car. Dragged into alleys and threatened with death by police with a gun to my head. And also been a watchdog, confronting police in the field, in the department, and in city hall. As well as undertaking the dangerous work of rescuing several people from police harassment and even forcibly disarming police.

Yet - believe it or not - casual sexism (with or without the quotes, as if they seem to imply that it is not A Real Thing) still has by far a more frequent and insidious effect upon my daily life. Maybe it seems minor if you aren’t confronted with it personally. Having a bad run-in with police every few weeks has greater risks for possible loss of life or freedom, but sexist interactions with nearly everybody, every day ultimately has had more of an impact upon my quality of life and place in society. YMMV


#6

What’s your opinion when someone’s critical of a woman’s fashion choice in the midst of doing her job (badly)?


#7

You mean like when folks made fun of Kim Davis for looking like a Westboro Baptist parishioner who just got back from a garage sale put on by some sister wives? I was pretty ok with it, to be honest.


#8

I think your otherwise thoughtful post presumes that using the term “man bun” is, in fact, a form of sexist interaction. I do not agree to your premise.


#9

Well, I can respect consistency.


#10

Yeah… I’m pretty sure nobody with the kind of experience with police you talk about thinks saying man-bun instead of bun is just as bad as “dragged into alleys and threatened with death by police with a gun to my head”.


#11

Are. You. F-ing. Serious?


#12

Amigo, let me stop you right there before you unwittingly go down that pointless and endless rabbit hole;

You have absolutely no idea how much of an understatement that is… and if you are wise enough to take some free but good advice, you never will.

That said, the cop in question is shady as fuck.

ETA:

You there; see my statement above.


#13

Silly me, assuming that the very title pointing this out was somehow relevant. I guess it’s just funny words. Never mind!


#15

Allow me to mansplain…


#16

Nice one.

Thanks for making me choke on my iced coffee…


#17

The way people write: not your responsibility
The way the police police: is your responsibility

both relevant? sure. Equal? Nope.

Keep Punching Up!


#18

Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.


#19

*Yes i know it’s from Outsiders but this is the first thing that came to mind. That, then Step Brothers.


#20

#21

I’m with ya.
If a woman has a buzz-cut it’s not called a ‘woman buzz-cut’ - If a man has a ponytail it’s not called a ‘man ponytail’ - Nobody calls Willie Nelson’s braids ‘man braids’.

Yet, for some reason, man bun.

I think the addition of ‘man’ in notiing a man with a hair-bun is merely a subtle disparage-ization - perhaps because people like to mock anything hipsters were noted for (I know maile hipsters were not the first men to don buns by far - but I think the most recent resurgence/prominence came from hipsters)