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Basic Trope: A woman in politics or business will keep her hair short.

  • Straight: Presidential candidate Alice Troper wears her hair short and neatly-styled.
  • Exaggerated:
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  • Downplayed: Alice keeps her hair shoulder-length.
  • Justified:
    • In a World... where politics and the upper echelons of business are dominated by men, Alice wears her hair short so people will take her seriously.
    • Alice is a busy woman. She doesn't have much time for brushing long hair or making a fashion statement so she keeps it short for practicality and efficiency.
    • Alice is older; many women in the West cut their hair short later in life and/or after marriage.
  • Inverted: Alice wears her hair down to her thighs.
  • Gender Inverted: Bob wears his hair long when he campaigns for President, in order to be taken seriously.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice's hair is long.
    • Alice's hair is short, but unkempt.
    • Alice is only the First Lady, she has no direct power.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But she only takes it down at home; when she's working, her hair is pulled up in a tight bun.
    • Advertisement:
    • Or, before she starts her campaign, she cuts her hair short.
    • Because her hair is unkempt, she loses the election.
    • But she still has a lot of public appearances, so she wears it short.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Some women in politics and business cut their hair, some don't.
  • Averted:
    • Alice is not involved in politics or business.
    • Alice does not cut her hair short.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "I don't wear my hair short to appear more masculine, I wear them short because it's easier to maintain, that's all. "
  • Invoked: Alice wants to be efficient, so she starts wearing her hair short for practicality.
  • Exploited: A crude male politician attacks Alice's appearance.
  • Defied: Alice wears her hair long, no matter what people may or may not think.
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  • Discussed: "Why does every important woman keep her hair cut short?"
  • Conversed: "Because women in positions of power are more concerned with efficiency than looking feminine."
  • Deconstructed: Men are intimidated by Alice's appearance and position, and have no romantic interest in her.
  • Reconstructed:

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