UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | September 26, 2022

Bald stigma can be embraced

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As you’re walking around campus, you are blinded by light reflecting off a bald man’s head, knock over a nearby garbage can that scatters trash that trips you, and you break your leg.

 

Not likely. The point is, although most don’t realize judgments are made, the majority of humanity consider baldness an abnormality.

 

Daniel Potter, a freshman health science major from Mesquite, Nev., spent some time as a bald man because of the after affects of his Halloween costume. He decided to be an old man who had a bald spot starting at his forehead and ending at his neck. He then shaved his whole head when the night was over.

 

“I got funny looks, and people would think I had cancer,” Potter said. “I got pity from people.”

 

Potter said people treated him as if he had that sickness and were sympathetic toward him.

 

Brandon Hoefer, a sophomore general education major from Orem, also shaved his hair for his Halloween costume, and he hated everything about it.

 

“I always got funny looks,” Hoefer said. “People would rub my head and call me ‘Mr. Clean.’”

 

Hoefer said another downside to being bald is how chilly it can get.

 

“I wore a beanie everywhere, and I still got cold,” Hoefer said.

 

Potter said it gave people he was close to a reason to do things that would irritate him.

 

“They would rub my head like I was Buddha,” Potter said. “The worst is when they would hit the back of my head with a ruler.”

 

Kalin Ashby, a health science major from Orem, said he spent a baseball season bald, and it had many downsides because his teammates would tease him about it.

“People just messed around with me more,” Ashby said. “They weren’t rude to me or anything, but they would just give me a hard time.”

 

Ashby said the team would rub his head for good luck and always tug on his hat.

 

A lot of people spend a lifetime without hair, but most people embrace it.

 

Travis Burns, a sophomore general education major from Tremonton, has a father who is bald, and he shows it off every chance he gets.

 

“He calls it his 9-inch part,” Burns said. “He also says God only made a couple perfect heads—the rest are covered with hair. He embraces his baldness.”

 

Although some don’t have a choice of being bald, some choose it for convenience.

 

Hoefer’s father shaves his head every couple weeks because he doesn’t want to deal with his bald spots and receding hairline.

 

According to “8 Reasons Why Being Bald Is Brilliant,” published in Sabotage Times on March 7, we live in a pathetic society where being bald is seen as a disability. If you are having trouble accepting your baldness, you can check out this article at sabotagetimes.com/funny/8-reasons-why-being-bald-is-brilliant/ to find out why being bald is actually a positive characteristic. A few of those reasons include less money spent on haircuts, the fact that women don’t actually care, and it makes you look older and wiser.

 

Author Tom Greaney stated, “So…Don’t worry, be baldy.”