Now I know how it feels like to be prejudiced against, just because of my physical appearance. I’ve been forced to trim my hair because my new part-time job won’t allow it.
The reason? “The bank’s customers will complain if they see a male with long hair serving them,” said the job interviewer.
I’ve been trying to grow out long hair for the past year or so, till my hair reaches shoulder length. Please don’t ask me why, because I will keep giving the same answer each and every time: To try something new, and to do it for fun. After living on this planet for the past 25 years, is it a sin to keep long hair for once?
I blame the Singaporean culture of complain, complain. And I blame the conservative, narrow-minded mindset of the older generation.
Don’t get me wrong. I fully understand that in a customer-service oriented line of work, the customer is always right. First impressions and good appearances count. But as I was listening to my job interviewer’s explanation of, “The bank’s customers can’t tell if you are a guy or a girl if they look at you from the back or from the sides,” … it just sounds like plain and simple male prejudice to me.
Why is it acceptable for ladies to keep both long and short hair, but not for males? Look, it’s not like I’m trying to get a crazy-long hairstyle like Benimaru Nikaido’s or something. I don’t dye or bleach my hair, and I do my best to style my hair everyday to keep it as neat as humanly possible. So what exactly is the problem here?
How does your ability to detect whether I am a guy or a girl affect my ability to serve you as a customer? Please kindly explain this enigma to me, because I fail to see the point.
But whatever. I’ve already trimmed my hair, and thankfully my hairstylist was kind enough to do it for free, because I had just visited him two weeks ago. I still want to grow shoulder-length hair though, just that it’ll have to be put on hold for little while more.
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