As I was doing some research for a book I am working on, 500 Years of Chicana Women's History, I stumbled upon my friend's Alma Lopez website. Alma is an artist, activist and storyteller working in painting, photo-based digital prints and video.
I was delighted when I found she developed a documentary piece on Butch women with short hair. "BOI HAIR" is a documentary about butch hair. "...An unusually intimate portrayal of butch identity. On the surface, it's all about the hair - how to cut it, how to style it, how to stroke it - but, really, it's about gender, race, and the daily lives of those who push against the norm" - Dr. Luz Calvo, Ohio State. I have not yet seen the film but I did take a peek at the trailer and looking forward to checking it out.
The theme of this film got my attention because I too am a chica with short hair. Right now it's 7 inches long. I have to say, my hair right now is NOTHING in comparison to where it was 6 years ago, when I cut it ALL off. It was a very liberating moment in my life, to cut off my long, beautiful, curly hair that reached to my mid-back. But I did it because I was in a difficult transition in my life, and I wanted time and space to be with my thoughts. And believe me, having long hair vs. very short hair completely changed the way people treated me, mostly men. It's funny how people's attitude towards you changes when you no longer look "cute and harmless." That is me below with short "boi hair" back in 1999.