Claudia Mills is Associate Professor of Philosophy at CU-Boulder and the author of over forty books for young readers. She is a frequent contributor to sub-scribe.
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No one looks at long hair – I mean, really long hair – and says, "Oh, how useful! What a smart, sensible do!" Instead they ask, as if merely curious, "Um – like – how long does it take to comb it every morning?" and "Um – like – doesn't that hurt?" If the magazines gave me a makeover, the first thing they'd do is cut it all off. But I know what they don't: the strength of long hair – I mean, really long hair. As a rope, as a ladder, an escape from a tower, long hair has its power.