Since she hacked off her long, supposedly feminine locks, Miley Cyrus has been getting quite a bit of flack from some homo-ignorant critics. Misguided members of the public think that her platinum pixie cut is "butch" and that it must mean she's a lesbian now. Even worse, they mean it as an insult.
But like any good pixie-cut-haver (myself included, circa high school), Miley's not having any of it and insists, "Being a lesbian isn't a bad thing. So if you think I look like a lesbian, I'm not offended. You can call me much worse. I've been called much worse. Being a lesbian is a compliment more than what else they call me."
You tell 'em, Smiley. From personal experience, I know how surprisingly offended many people, even friends and family, can be by a simple and highly practical haircut (I'm talking about minute-long showers and a life free of ponytail-holders).
"Oh but you had such beautiful hair! Why would you do that?" is a common reaction, but somehow the most prevalent is an assumption about sexual orientation. Or that you're a soccer mom-in-training. The latter seems much worse to me.
Those of us who actually live on this planet know full well, hair does not a sexual orientation or identity make. We also know that being called lesbian, gay, or queer is not an insult at all--it's just sometimes a misinterpretation, and we're happy to see that Miley has a well-coiffed head on her shoulders about it.
We also know that she has been engaged to a man, Liam Hemsworth, since last June. As far as we know, the haircut has not had any effect on their relationship. Shocking.
What it has affected is Cyrus' opinion of herself: "I didn't plan a haircut to change my life. I just cut my hair and then it really changed my life. There's something about having no hair that screams being confident." This change has been clear as she has made significant artistic and fashion choices in the past year. She traded a humdrum repetoire of jeans and T-shirts for bold, eye-catching punk ensembles.
And then there's her music. No more "Party in the USA." She's showcasing her new sense of self with songs like "We Can't Stop."
If this surge of confidence and creativity--whether it results from a haircut, outfit, job, or anything else--conveys an image of lesbianism, so be it. In that case, Miley is right: We should all be so lucky to receive such a compliment.