Ayo recently wondered aloud what I would look like with blond dreadlocks. She thought that they would look good on me, and I thought that I might be able to pull them off. But am I up for it? No. Why not? Because dreads would alienate me from a large portion of society that I prefer to be a part of. They come with stereotypes of laziness, passivity, drug use, and countercultural removedness.
People make assumptions about us all of the time. These assumptions have been most striking when people make conclusions about what we’re not. We’ve had friendly conversations with police officers or neighbors about RVing and they’ve said things like “Oh, I know that you’re not those kinds of RVers, but…”
It’s kind of funny how if I changed the way I looked while changing nothing else about me, I would be perceived so differently by others. Two days ago I spent an hour hanging out with eight fun seniors who are camping about 150′ from us. If I had dreads, I don’t think that I would have received the same reception.
No dreads for me, even if I think that they might look cool.
posted by yair