I received an email this morning from a WASPy old relic who’s gotten quite hirsute under quarantine and frankly doesn’t give a damn. He calls it going “Saxon.”
You see it in the movies. Danger strikes. Characters get imprisoned, marooned, forced to migrate, drawn into epic battles. No time, inclination nor ability to groom oneself
There’s also a correlation between hair growth and testosterone, as well as between testosterone and one’s proximity to fair females. Just five minutes of conversation with a pretty girl is enough to raise a man’s testosterone. This image is taken from the 1969 LIFE photo shoot on the first co-eds at Princeton. You can see the immediate effect it had.
Or it could have been the zeitgeist of general change, upheaval, uncertainty, protest, liberation, and the upending of the old order. As this chart shows, things get hairy fast. — CC