When year-old Leia Lai and two of her classmates went back to school on Monday, they sported a new look - bald. The three St Margaret's Secondary School students had cut their hair to raise funds for a cancer charity. But this drew the ire of their principal, as they had not donned wigs, as they had promised earlier. The school's rules do not allow "punk, unfeminine or sloppy hairstyles". Said principal Marion Tan: "It's very clear in our mission: it's about their turnout as a young lady. Sometimes it's a fad, so they would take advantage of the situation.
A woman being shaved by civilians to publicly mark her as a collaborator, French women who befriended the Nazis, through coerced, forced, or voluntary relationships, were singled out for shameful retribution following the liberation of France. The woman photographed here, believed to have been a prostitute who serviced German occupiers, is having her head shaved by French civilians to publicly mark her. This picture was taken in Montelimar, France, August 29, At the end of World War II, many French people accused of collaboration with Germany endured a particularly humiliating act of revenge: their heads were shaved in public. Nearly all those punished were women.
T he 65th anniversary of the D-day landings this week is an occasion to revisit joyful pictures of the liberation of France in But among the cheering images there are also shocking ones. These show the fate of women accused of "collaboration horizontale". It is impossible to forget Robert Capa's fallen-Madonna image of a shaven-headed young woman, cradling her baby, implicitly the result of a relationship with a German soldier. The punishment of shaving a woman's head had biblical origins.
Sometimes a hashtag sums it up perfectly. A phrase topped the quartet: "The future is female, and it doesn't have time for styling products. The message is clear. A community of women with buzz cuts and shaved heads is growing under hashtags that embrace the look, uniting people in dismissing societal standards and celebrating those who do what they want.