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Hair?

As a topic goes, this is a faily broad topic. Firstly one must ask what is hair?

According to Wikepaedia it is defined as follows:

Hair is a keratinised protein filament that grows through the epidermis from follicles deep within the dermis. Found exclusively in mammals, it is one of the of the defining characteristic of the mammalian class.[1] Though it grows . Although many other organisms, especially insects, show filamentous outgrowths, these are not considered "hair" in the scientific sense. So-called "hairs" (trichomes) are also found on plants. The projections on arthropods such as insects and spiders are actually insect bristles, composed of a polysaccharide called chitin. The hair of non-human mammal species is commonly referred to as fur. There are varieties of cats, dogs, and mice bred to have little or no visible fur. In some species, hair is absent at certain stages of life. The main component of hair fiber is keratin. Keratins are proteins: long chains (polymers) of amino acids

So now we know what hair is (or do we?).

Hairy

This can describe someone or something which is hairy. An example being, a hairy man,or a hairy thing, such as the Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, or the Sasquatch (Bigfoot).

Posibly BT's fur covered trout fall into this category too.

IT can also mean hair-raising. That is, the hairs on the nape of your neck or arms stand up when you are frightened.

Hare

This is an eponym for hair and is a large rabbit-like creature. It is also one of the contributing parents, together with a small antelope, whose goings on created the advent of the Jackelope.

Hair (Again)

This was a covering which I once had atop my my head. At the time of the events related below, I had long luxuriant flower child, type hair with a really bushy mustache which was complemented by brick coloured, Polyester suits (worn with pink or purple shirts and a polka dot tie)!

Hair -The Musical

Hair is also a famous musical of the 70's expressing the flower power, free love era.

I recall being in New York in about 1978 and staying at the Edison hotel, just off Broadway. Attached to this hotel was the Edison theatre. Hair was the production at that time and was into the umpteenth year of its run.

I was at that time was in my early thirties, the product of apartheid South Africa. We had an extremely anal, whites only, society. Magazines such as Playboy or Penthouse were banned. Even Cosmo was a banned publication. Hair, the music, the play and the movie were all victims of the Publications Control Board. and could not be seen or heard in South Africa.

To give you an idea of our extreme control the children's book black Beauty by Anna Sewell, a book about a horse, was banned simply because of the title. A red-faced officials later retracted he ban. Pink Floyd's "Another brick In The Wall" was banned as it was considered a revolutionary song. No women could be shown topless, even in Woman's magazines that wee taling about breast cancer and self diagnosis of it. These pictures had to have stars strategically placed over the nipples. No pink allowed to show!

At any rate, my business associate and I decided to book tickets for this show, not quite knowing what to expect. We bought the playbill, to get and idea of what it was about and were surprised at it's contents.

We had an early dinner, and, fortified by a few glasses of beer, went into the auditorium.

We watched the musical in amazement and awe and could not believe what we heard , music wise. The songs and the lyrics were great. Remember we had never heard them before. As for completely naked bodies, male and female full frontal. Well , we were absolutely gobsmacked!

We thoroughly enjoyed the show. We probably missed half the story line about the draft and the death of one of the leading protaganists.

Earlier this year Hair was playing at one of our local theatres. I booked tickets and took my dearly beloved to see the show. She was amazed that such a show could have existed in the seventies. The production was faithful to the original nude scenes , music, and all. At least this time I had a better grasp of the story line and the nudity was incidental to the overall story. I could appreciate it for the good musical theatre that it is, rather than for the shock value of the time against my background.

Incidentally on our return to South Africa we could not even bring in the Playbill as a souvenir , as it too was considered as objectionable material!

Well that is my take on Hair

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Comments 46 comments

Ananta65 8 years ago

Great hub, Sixtyorso. I had no idea things were so tight-ass in South Africa


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California

That's why I love America. We love boobies and aren't afraid of them for the most part. There's still some people here who are terrified by them and fear that the sight of a nipple will drive people to sin and debauchery, but for the larger part, Americans are not horrified by our bodies too bad. We judge the crap out of them, but we're not threatened at least. Most of us anyway.


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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina

Enjoyed your recollection! What an interesting perspective. Honestly though, in my small, eastern NC home town, I'm sure Hair would have been banned back then, too!


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Ananta WAS is the operative word. we now have a great constitution and a very liberal outlook on life. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Much appreciated.

Shades We still have a few of those in parts of South Africa but for the most part we are very similiar to most Americans. The good and bad parts. Thanks for reading and commenting. comments always appreciated! 

Dineane Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I had a bit of fun with this hub.Our differences are often our similarities.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Very kind of you to include a brief explanation of my lineage! The rest of the hub was good too, but adding a jackalope gets an automatic thumbs up! If only I had thumbs.


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gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

Great Hub. Very informative.


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Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

Your hub reminds me of the time that I bought home a battered copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover from the school jumble sale. 'We're not having any of that sort of thing in this house!' my mother declared as she lifted the lid of the wood burner, and threw it in. I was a teenager in the 70s, and the regime at home had quite a few similarities to your description of South Africa at the time. Fortunately it didn't have too many lasting effects on me or my siblings, and in hindsight I wonder if we haven't moved too far the other way as a society.

Great hub Sixtyorso, and well told.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Were you serious about the brick colored polyester pant suits with pink or purple shirt and polka dotted tie? *shudder*

I too had no idea that South Africa in the 70's held such a rigid moral code either. Although technically, as my husband pointed out this weekend, a boobie can be considered a WMD (Weapon of Mass Distraction).

Great hub! I really enjoyed learning about your experience :)


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

sixtyorso: Nice hub! Hair was still running when I lived in N.Y. several years later. due in large part to the novelty of nudity on stage. You called it "good musical theatre" but it wasn't THAT good. Remind me to tell you about the gal I dated from the cast: Now THAT was the dawning of the age of aquarious!


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ASHWINSPGA 8 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

I was in South Africa last year and its hard to imagine things were so tight in the 70s if you look at the liberal way of life now. Bikini clad female cricket dancing and rooting for their team, the open concept beaches. even the modern dressing of teenagers hanging at the cafes and malls. totally different. its a well written humorous hub and i enjoyed reading it totally. thumbs up sir.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

BT History is history and it must be told even the truth about the sordid sex that led to creation of the first Jackalopes who then went forth and multiplied. Amen!

Gwendymom Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Much appreciated.

Amanda Yes parents' were different then and perhaps we are too liberal. As for the effects on today's children, I guess that is truly the subject for another hub.

Spryte, yes, ashamed as I am to admit it, every word is true. I will try and dig up a photo of that very outfit. Besides it will prove I had hair! The subject of this hub

Boobies were definitely weapons of mass destraction not to mention that a generation of male South African's had the potential to be struck blind by the consequence of seeing unstarred breasts.( Let's not even mention the overdevelopment of one arm!). So our moral guardians saved these poor young men!

Christoph I am intrigued that you dated one of the cast members, but unfortunately even if you showed me a photo of her I am sure I would definitely not remember her face! (of course).

But why not write that hub?

Ashwin yes your comment is so true.South Africa is a different country in a different era. We are rapidly catching up with the rest of the world. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Using sweetie Pies advice in her hub I have added a utube video to the hub. See above Thanks Swetie Pie!


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very informative hub sixtyorso.  I like that you listed all the different types of species that have hair.  Thanks for saying I was the inspiration for your adding a video to your hub, you are so nice!  The video was fun too by the way and truly does add to the hub. It was interesting reading about the Apartheid restrictions on magazines, books, and nudity when you were younger.


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

Hairy spiders are on my list of jeeper creepers. One jumped in my direction when I opened my car door a few days ago...my skin still crawls as I couldn't find him and I'm afraid he's in my "hair." I remember the bee hive hair do's in the 60's where bugs could hide for.....a long time. I never did that to my hair, as I was vain about my long locks and never back combed them. Only slightly, never where it was sticking up like the bee hive do's.

Hair is beautiful, sexy, and eye catching...one of the things I notice -- I did my share of primping and working on my hair as a young teen. I was lucky, though, I c ould wash it, shake it, and go.

if a person is bald...the absence of hair can also be attractive.

I'm surprised at the restrictions of other countries...guess we're pretty "out there" now. Tho' I think Europe had us beat for awhile ... LOL

very interesting sixtyorso!! I'm off to the mirror, to check my hair!


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Sweetie Pie Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Your comments add value to my hubs Thank you.

Marisue I love your take on hair. BTW when Bob Marley died he was rumoured to have had all sorts of critturs in his dreadlocks. Once again thanks for your support.


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hot dorkage 8 years ago from Oregon, USA

Hair, and Hare check. What happened to "Here" as opposed to There or Where or elsewhere. ! Fun hub. I never do these theme things but more power to you.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I really, really enjoyed reading this hub, Sixtyorso!

Though I never got to see Hair, I at least knew about it and the type of scenes. I can imagine your shock and surprise at seeing it, both considering the type of culture you had just arrived from, and because you had no background info. Probably the look on your faces would have made us chuckle. :)

Ah yes, the polyester suit. Not sure if I liked the powder blue or the navy better on a man. Big toss up, they were both so sexy. Throw in a paisley shirt and big, wide tie and yowza! Too hot!

Such a fun hub!


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Hey Shirley, if you like the leisure suits, you should see me in my zoot suit! It totally accentuates the antlers!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh B.T., that sounds fab! Got a pic?


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Sorry Shirley. That was a period in my life that precluded any type of photographic evidence.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh, too bad. Well, did it have a guru collar or wide lapels? Safari style or regular cut?


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

Gotta have the safari style, with wide lapels and a big old yellow tie with polka dots! And patent leather shoes, of course!

And he doesn't know it, but I have the photos tucked away for future blackmail purposes! ssshhh. Mum's the word.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Hot Dorkage "Here" missed that one. But thanks for reading and commenting. Much appreciated. I did this one just for fun. a bit different from my usual stuff.

BT and Shirley. Enjoyed your dialogue and yes I had the paisley, skin tight, meshy type fabric shirt and the wide psychedelic floral tide tie too. Well judging by the look on my travelling companion's face, yes you would have had a good laugh. His expression was a little like that of a rabbit or deer startled in the headlights!

rmr, promise we won't tell him. A jackalope in patent leather brogues (probably red ones!) Ooh I can just imagine that one!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Your secret's safe with me, RMR!

Question: didn't the big, ole belt on the safari jacket, uhm...accentuate his pudgy jackalope mid section? I know belts are supposed to make your waist appear smaller, but he doesn't walk upright, so I'm a bit curious about that.

Would like to see those pics. Polka dots and patent leather shoes. LOL.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

I'm quite familiar with the startled rabbit look. Been there, done that. but I'm sure your attire was stunning.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Just occured to me Sixtyorso, that you have one heck of a memory in that experience. A lot of people don't have anything that would compare.


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

The way the belt squeezed his midsection, he kinda looked like a pair of sausages with legs.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

I heard that. Just wait til I get home...


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for the compliment Shirley but I find as I write these pieces my recall gets pretty clear and I remember stuff that I thought was long forgotten! Perhaps should have been come to think of it!

rmr here we go with the sausages again! Things are gettting wurse (sic) Wait until Ananta and his battery operatied devices gets here!


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

you can never have too many battery operated devices, I always say.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Pair of sausages with legs...hahahahahaha!!!

Sorry, B.T. but you must admit that's pretty funny.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Jackalope with chourico. that could be an interesting thought. Perhaps Patti can oblige us with a recipe?

rmr but the batteries always go flat!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

"Jackalope with chourico" ..hmmmmm...


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Patti Thanks for stopping by and commenting. much appreciated as always!


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Great hub, yes South Africa still had blinkers on in those days. The powers that be thought you would be struck blind when you expose your eyes on that type of scandelous specticle.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for stopping by and commenting


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Research Analyst 8 years ago

interesting thing about the english language one word can be pronounced the same but have different spellings and meanings. Great hub.

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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa Author

Yes That is also the joy of the language too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Much appreciated


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Nice Hairy Hub. You can go through this hub for another hairy dude and a special surprise in the bottom of the hub http://hubpages.com/entertainment/More-stuff-to-ma... LOL


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

HI CW thanks for stopping by and alerting me to Misty's hub. I need to remind you all that revenge is a dish best eaten cold! Just wait.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

So we all can wait for hairy tales...LOL (Btw are you giving that hub a "cold" shoulder for now?)..hehe


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

CW No but I wonder what fantasies lurk behind those minds. I'll await the comments with glee and anticipation (Just a jump to the left!) maybe a time warp may be the order of the day LOL from Transylvania!


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

Gosh! I can only imagine how you might have felt watching the 'show'. I don't know what else to say except that the narration was superb. I couldn't help reading till the end.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Anagali Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Glad you enjoued the read!


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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York

Great outlook 60!

I guess my concentration was directed on the "happier" aspects of the hippie era... You know, smoking pot, listening to great rock legends, wearing tye dye and hemp, and showing the LOVE! (Ha ha ha)

I'm glad I read this hub, it gave me a different scene to look at.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Mama I am glad you have read my hub. It is always interesrting to have multiple perspectives of a situation, so that you can understand it better. Thank you so much for taking the trouble to stop by and comment. Much appreciated!

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