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Friday, February 21, 2020

Male and Female Hair Trends in 1963

This article follows up my previous article Johnny Castle's hair was too long.


In 2017, the scientific journal Transactions of Computational Imaging published a scientific article titled A Century of Portraits: A Visual Historical Record of American High School Yearbooks. The article explains that computer analysis of high-school yearbook photographs found that the size of young men's and young women's hairdos fluctuated over time from 1930 to 2013.

The scientific article was explained for ordinary readers on The Pudding website, in an article titled The Big Data of Big Hair, written by Elle O'Brien. Her article included an interactive graph, from which I have taken a screen shot that highlights the year 1963.

The median size of men's and women's hair -- 1930 - 2013 (highlighting 1963)
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The above graph shows that in 1963 the sizes of men's and women's hair were just beginning a steep rise -- especially the size of men's hair.

Below is a YouTube video about the scientific article.
Below are two samples from 1963 high-school yearbooks.


In the below graph I have highlighted the year 1958.

The median size of men's and women's hair -- 1930 - 2013 (highlighting 1958)
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In 1958, the size of women's hair began a rise that lasted 28 years -- until 1986.

Meanwhile, the size of men's hair continued a decline that lasted until 1960. Then the size of men's hair rose steeply until 1979.

In other words, the size of women's hair began to rise in 1958, and the size of men's hair began to rise two years later, in 1960. Because the size of women's hair already had begun to rise, the size of men's hair eventually was allowed to rise too.

Then when the size of men's hair rose steeply during the 1960s and 1970s, the size of women's hair continued to rise even higher. Women display their femininity by displaying their differences from men -- and vice versa.


As I pointed out in my previous article, before 1964 men's hair was considered to be too long -- too feminine, too sissy -- if it covered any of their foreheads, ears or collars. The Beatles violated those rules.

Johnny Castle likewise violated those rules. In 1963, everyone at Kellerman's resort would have noticed that his hair was too long -- too feminine, almost sissy. However, nobody in the 1987 movie audience noticed that Johnny's hair was too long.

The median size of men's and women's hair -- 1930 - 2013 (highlighting 1987)
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By 1987, the awareness and memory of the rules about men's hair in 1963 had disappeared.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Monday, February 10, 2020

The Development of Lisa's Political Rebellion -- Part 8

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7


Lisa Houseman has been socially conservative. She expects to prosper and to enjoy her life by complying with her society's guidance and conventions. She will create beauty and also will do her fair share to support society's disadvantaged people.

When the Dirty Dancing story begins in August 1963, nineteen-year-old Lisa has attended a women's college for two years. She has been majoring in Art History (or some similar field), but she does not intend to begin a professional career after she finishes her four-year study. Rather, she intends to marry a professional man, a couple years older, soon after she graduates. She will stay at home and raise their children through at least their high-school years. Then maybe she will begin a career in the arts.

Lisa intends to marry someone like Robbie Gould, who already has graduated from college and is beginning to attend medical school. After she marries him, she soon will become pregnant. Their first years of marriage will be difficult, as he completes his internship and then begins his medical practice, while she becomes a helpmate, housewife and mother.

Lisa's husband will prosper as a doctor, thanks significantly to her support. He will not have to spend much time helping to take care of the household and children. She will socialize with his colleagues' families. She will host parties in their home, which she will make beautiful. His career will rise above his basic medical practice -- into medical administration, teaching and leadership.

When Lisa eventually does begin her career in the arts, she will not do so because of the earnings. Rather, she will do so in order to contribute to the community's appreciation of the arts. She might manage a gallery or serve on an arts council.


This is how nineteen-year-old Lisa, in 1963, sees her future. She is following her mother's example, which she has observed and absorbed. Lisa knows how a doctor's wife behaves, socializes and supports. She knows that a doctor's wife too eventually will reap various rewards -- happiness, love, security, status, wealth.

Lisa's political thinking fits within her acceptance of the social order. She wants to the government to keep society stable. Society should change and improve, but should do so carefully and deliberately.


When Lisa meet Robbie at Kellerman's in August 1963, she thinks immediately she he might be "The One". She wanted to advance their relationship romantically. Lisa was willing and eager to become gradually more sexual with Robbie, in accordance with the going-steady rules. She foresaw that during her three-week vacation at Kellerman's, she and Robbie would advance through sexual "second base".
First base = kissing, including open-mouth (or French) kissing

Second base = petting above the waist, including touching, feeling, and fondling the chest, breasts, and nipples

Third base = petting or orally stimulating below the waist, including touching, feeling, and fondling the vagina, clitoris, penis, or testicles

Home base = sexual intercourse
They might, in the vacation's last few days, even reach "third base". They would pet each other's clothed crotches, and he would ultimately "dry-hump" her and would orgasm in his pants. Lisa gladly would allow Robbie to do so during the last days of her three-week vacation.

If their relationship continued after the vacation, then Lisa and Robbie would meet occasionally and enjoy "third base" regularly. Soon she would begin to please his naked penis orally.

As their sexual relationship progressed, Lisa and Robbie would become publicly engaged. They would set a wedding date. They would begin to enjoy sexual intercourse with condoms.  

Lisa looked forward to becoming orgasmic. She never had masturbated or experienced orgasm. She foresaw that during their time on "third base", he would enjoy many orgasms with her. Lisa would experience a different sexual pleasure -- tingling and arousal -- that would linger hours and even days after her sexual encounters with Robbie.

Lisa would be sincerely satisfied with this sexual progress that she foresaw. Sexually, Robbie would be the man, and Lisa would be the woman. They would complement each other. During their life-time marriage, she would experience plenty of sexual pleasure and would feel satisfied, happy and fulfilled.


Lisa imagined that Robbie too would comply with and enjoy the going-steady rules, which were fair and effective.

Lisa was dismayed and shocked when Robbie, already on their sixth day, tried to advance to "third base" when they met at the golf course at night. Furthermore, Robbie was aggressive, rude and insulting while doing so. Lisa burst into tears, became hysterical, and rushed away from the golf course.

Lisa was far away from her girlfriends and could not consult with any of them about the situation. Lisa certainly could not tell her mother explicitly about Robbie's actions, because Lisa feared that her mother would advise her to terminate her relationship with Robbie.

When Lisa calmed down during the following day, she decided that she would try to salvage her relationship with Robbie. She recognized that he was a couple years older and more experienced. She would act more mature. She would discuss the golf-course incident with him frankly.

She would assure him she was not a prude. She looked forward to becoming much more sexual with him soon. However, she still was a virgin and so wanted to advance more slowly than he apparently wanted to advance. She was not a slut. He should treat her respectfully.

Lisa had such a conversation with Robbie, and it succeeded. Robbie apologized and promised to be more patient with her. He explained that her beauty had caused him to lose control of himself. He asked her to "go steady" with him.


After they had discussed their sexual relationship, Lisa changed the subject. She asked him about his non-medical interests. Did he play any musical instruments? Did he play any sports? Did he like to visit art museums? Did he read much?

Robbie told Lisa about the best book he ever had read -- Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead. Immediately, Lisa genuinely was intrigued, because Robbie told her the novel was about a talented architect's struggle to design buildings that featured Modern Architecture. Lisa never had imagined that there was a novel about a struggling architect. Lisa told Robbie about her own passionate interest in Modern Art and Modern Architecture. Robbie told Lisa that the novel also explained a lot of philosophy.

Lisa told Robbie that she would love to read that novel. Robbie said that he happened to have the novel in his room and that he would lend it to her. The only problem is that he had annotated the novel heavily -- underlining words, marking paragraphs and writing notes in the margins. Lisa was delighted; she wanted to look at Robbie's annotations!

Soon after that conversation, Robbie brought the book to Lisa. She was dismayed by the book's size. She never had read such a long book. However, she was eager to read all of it and to discuss it with Robbie as she did so.


Continued in Part 9