Reading your article, I was strongly reminded of certain women when I was growing up. They always seemed to have those “beehive” hairdos, were queen of all they surveyed, and woe unto any who even inadvertently offended them. In modern parlance, they were either the alpha female, or the other females wanting to be like the alpha female.

It was strange — even though I was barely in my teens, I wondered what it was that made them different. I mean, it’s just a hairdo, right? As the years passed, I’ve seen some research showing that those who believe that they should be in charge have a tendency to have “higher” hairdos. Is that really any different from how generals from time immemorial tended to have really tall headgear?

Things are a little different now. Now it’s not how tall one’s hairdo is, but instead, it’s “if you color your hair blonde, we might let you be one of us.” Exhibit A:

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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