First it was chain restaurants, today The Times taps into another of my fixations with “New Math for Men: Subtract Just a Little Gray,” complete with a how to lesson. Yes, men enjoy holding onto a few debonair streaks of gray, and products are being created for them to do so.
In the past week I’ve also become acutely aware of women with silver and gray hair around me and in media. This morning I spied a shock of white hair on the front page of the Times online. Of course the “unapologetic” 60-year-old woman, a “zen gardener” with “earthmother-y white hair” and described as “proudly Birkenstocked” in the first sentence only reinforces the image I have no desire to ever project.
This week’s New York feature on P.S. 1’s director “freewheeling” “anti-corporate” Alanna Heiss, also contained a snowy haired shot of her (as well as a brunette one from the ‘70s when I’m guessing she was in her 30s). I’m still not clear why a woman who doesn’t color her hair is considered so feisty and unconventional, not that it’s necessarily a mischaracterization.
I’ve had my eye out and so far I haven’t seen any female youngsters, though there is a handful of not-old full gray and speckled men in my neighborhood who loosely fit a hipster stereotype. I wonder what their girlfriends and wives (I'd include boyfriends but 11231 feels so overwhelmingly heterosexual) look like.