Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Eye on a cultural icon
Britney Spears is the first popular public figure to make it here onto this blog by the sheer context of her developing psychosis. She does so with this recent act of shaving off all the hair on her head. So what does it mean for Britney Spears to shave off her hair? No, it's not a fashion statement, nor is it an act meant to steer an interested public into a new style or way of living.
Simply put, with this act she shows herself as a person who feels completely not in control of herself. In other words, she feels overwhelming controlled by others other than herself. Her hair is the one thing closest to her that she feels is hers, and is also something that's hers and she can (safely) take away at will and effectively say, "See, this is mine, not yours!" We don't know exactly who she's symbolically talking to when she says this.
Furthermore, when one shaves off all the hair on their head (making their feelings or state of mind public and out in the open for others to see), and it's not for fashion or stylistic reasons, it's a sign of someone wanting very much to prove to themselves that what they do does indeed have a consequence. When something has a clear-cut consequence, that in itself is clear-cut proof that the person did something. The proof of her act is as plain as day. She blantantly can see (and thus re-assure herself) that she has control over her own actions, and that she can control her own being in some way.
But it doesn't stop there. A person who shaves off all of their hair (for non-fashionable and non-stylistic reasons) is engaging in an exaggerated personal project. What I mean by project is that the act has a beginning, middle, and end. Her hair slowly (in stages) grows back. And she will over-see this personal project (i.e., the hair eventually growing back). And she will be the only person to personally and truly experience this project, because the hair is growing from the top of her very own head -- a head that she wants to believe belongs to no-one but herself.
Britney Spears will sleep, eat, walk, and live with this personal project perculating every minute of the day and night right there upon the top of her head. She will watch and tend to her hair growing back slowly but surely over time -- time that eventually will (she subconsciously hopes) bring her a sense of natural accomplishment that she can feel is hers and hers alone.
Good luck, Britney.
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