I have heard someone point out how absurd it is that some men try very desperately to hide or correct their baldness, even though one statistical study after another shows that in general women don’t care if men are bald. Individual women tell me the same thing.
My barber once had a guy with a ridiculous comb-over come into his shop for the first time. The barber asked him how he wanted his hair cut, and the man just said, “You’re the expert!” The barber cut off the comb-over and gave him a nice neat haircut. The customer was visibly angry when he paid and left. About two months later, the man came back: “Remember me? I didn’t like you for a couple of days when you cut off that comb-over, but then I found that my kids weren’t laughing at me anymore when we played football, because that hair wasn’t flying or hanging down. And people were complimenting me.”
A similar thing happened to a woman I knew. She decided to quit dying her prematurely gray hair and just let it grow naturally. Men liked it, and complimented her, and it was the women who criticized her.
I don’t know what their deal is with baldness in Los Angeles. Have you ever noticed that in group photos pop music groups from California there’s often one member who’s always sporting a jaunty chapeau? That guy’s bald. Absolutely, positively, that’s the bald guy in the group. I don’t know why they don’t let him take his hat off.
It’s even weirder that, while men get more upset about having no hair on their heads, so many of them feel embarrassed now about having a hairy back.