What is Julie’s “reason”? Think about what we’e learned since the beginning of the chapter!
I’m coming back from West Virginia today and will probably be on a train when this goes up (I think)
Damn, I didn’t realize there was going to be a test! Gonna have to reread the chapter.
I hope she doesn’t think she is superficial, but I want to go with ‘because she will keep you warm and safe whenever she can’.
People underrate the value of hair! Even if I am somewhat phobic of body hair, I love head hair and think it is a majorly important thing! I actually, as much as I lovelovelove Kera, feel a bit sorry for poor bald Julie. I wouldn’t give up my hair for anything, and live in fear that, being trans, I am still subject to the usually-male disadvantage of losing my hair. I would cry a lot.
That said, bald girls are /hawt/, and bald men are at least /very warm/. so I guess as much as I love hair, I also love those without it.
Do I have a point? No! I am rambling!
How does one become phobic of body hair? Unless it’s a woman thing…..
*ducks fruit thrown by female readers, commenters, and the author*
Not really a “woman thing”. There aren’t many “things” out there period that can be truly justified as a “woman thing”. Well, ‘cept the period (and I might very well be wrong about that, given the internet’s seemingly endless ability to go “NOPE YOU’RE WRONG AND HERE’S HOW!”)
It happens for the same reason someone becomes phobic of spiders, high places, horses, and feet: the brain is a funky-weird wad of unshielded fleshy electrical connections and is prone to getting signals crossed. Sometimes permanently.
Also, there’s a general societal stigma regarding body hair. Men and women alike in mainstream media are smooth as a baby’s backside from the neck down. Any body hair has to be carefully managed; men’s faces are to be clean-shaven and their hair shorn short. (Unless they look like Viggo Mortinson or the Jack Sparrow variant of Johnny Depp, apparently.)
We’re trained from a young age to associate the more natural, un-modified look of the human body with uncleanliness and stench. Characterization of the typical slovenly male individual in many works is that of a large, unshaven, mussed, greasy-haired manchild with an excess of body hair (often illustrated through having arms and hands resembling that of a silverback gorilla) and stained clothes.
Amusingly, I was raised -without- that stigma; my father was a bear of a man, and my mother once quipped that she had dated a man who shaved his legs (and everything else) for a short time, and believed it to be akin to lying with another woman. I’m borderline obsessive about my personal hygiene, but I’m not gonna spend three hours shaving every square inch of myself.
I’ve got better things to do than preen for the body public; the only ones that would care are those that could care less about me in the first place.
Oh oh! Pick me! Haha, I think I know this one because I can relate.
Julie lost her hair because she used to hide behind it, right? I’m just referencing the colored page way back when, when West was flash backing and Julie was super shy. Had her hand and hair coverin’ her face a bunch. But no more! By losing her hair, she couldn’t hide herself anymore. And she got a new friend in the process!
Before I cut my hair, it was a burden and something I never liked. Now it’s nice and short and I smile every time I see it!
If I get this wrong, well, BAM, HEAD CANON.
Well, cutting one’s hair is symbolic of letting go of the past or releasing things that were weighing you down. Julie’s monster being her hair could represent her letting go of the shy person she used to be and becoming much more outgoing. So kinda going along with what you said.
I think I know the reason. It’s because of her vanity. Julie always seem to be really vain and obnoxious. And with the ridiculous length of her hair, either her parents never let her cut it or she didn’t want to. If she didn’t, then she must have been really proud of that hair. So with that reasoning, it’s obvious why her monster is her hair.
Just because she has long hair doesn’t mean she is vain. Some people like having long hair, but having long hair does not make one vain.
The trait isn’t tied to her hair. She tries to make everything about herself – “But I came all the way here to rescue you!” she’s bummed when she’s not the center of attention.
hm ok, but she doesn’t seem to be aware of this character trait: she was honestly angry when she thought she was being ignored, and did not stop feeling this way because she knew she was being selfish or anything like that. Honestly that’s how a lot of 13-year-olds act sometimes, and she has shown herself to be pretty selfless, so vanity isn’t really a constant thing with her.
plus, LOOK at her, she’s excited to share why she thinks a hair monster is a good fit for her personality.
i don’t know about you, but if it represented something this negative about me, i wouldn’t be too excited to share it with a new friend.
Uhhh…it gives her confidence? She seemed pretty down when she had the hair, and when she lost it / it turned into a monster, maybe that gave her all the confidence she needed to come out of her shell.
Nah, Bina just doesn’t want to admit it.
Or maybe she doesn’t want to admit that she has a big heart like that (in the metaphorical sense).
As for Julie, well, she seemed shy or something and hid behind her hair, or as someone said some pages ago, like a weight had been lifted off her shoulders. On top of her having recently moved into town and there was something about a bad day.
Now we just gotta figure it out for West and Abel….
Are you on a train NOW!?
Also, way to actually pay off the title of the chapter! I’m kinda on pins and needles to find out “her reason.” Can’t wait for the next page!
I can tell this is gonna be interesting.
cause she’s vain and self-centered? :p
maybe Abel’s got a giant eye that can spy on everything cause he needs to look out for himself.
Hmm… possibly that her mood changes easily? Hair is also quite “temperamental”. Or that it can be very expressive… Hmm..
I wouldn’t say she has moodswings, we’ve seen no evidence for that.
I think Julie’s reason might be that she’s insecure. Even though she got a lot more outgoing when Kera came along, she still seems to have some insecurities about herself. Though that’s not really a phrase containing the word “hair” taken literally, like Bina’s “big heart”, so maybe her reason will relate more directly to hair than that?
Abel’s is probably because he’s cautious and protective of Rixis, so he’s “keeping an eye out” for danger.
We don’t know much about West yet, but I think it might have something to do with him being brave or hardy (AKA having a lot of “guts”)
he was pretty reticent to go on this adventure with julie. of the two she’s a lot more brave
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