His Teenage Daughter Hated Her Long Hair, but When He Let Her Chop It All Off, His Ex-Wife Accused Him of Taking Away Her “Womanhood”

A man recently wrote to an online forum to ask for some advice. His daughter had very long hair that she was tired of maintaining. He let her get it cut how she wanted, but his ex-partner and her family furious with him about it.

Shared custody

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The man wrote, “I have a daughter, Lily, who’s 14. Me and my ex-wife, Marie, have been separated for over five years now and have split custody over Lily. However, she prefers to stay with me.”

Long hair

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“I’m not sure if it is cultural, but my wife and her family have always insisted that Lily let her hair grow, as they believe the longer your hair is, the more feminine you are, and they always took pride in how long their own hair was,” he added. “Lily conformed as she didn’t want to cause a scene, but it was going past her thighs.”

Sad scene

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Lily was staying with the man. Just before he went to bed, he heard her crying while brushing her hair.

What’s up?

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He asked her if she was okay. Lily replied that she hated her long hair and resented how long it took to brush each day.

Excessive labor

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Lily had more things to say about her hair. She also told him that it made her too hot all the time and that she disliked trying to style it.

Chin up, champ

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The man tried to cheer up his daughter. He told her not to worry too much about it and that he would think of a solution.

Sister’s advice

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The man called his sister and explained the situation. She arranged for a hair stylist to have a look at Lily’s fair the next day.

At the salon

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He took Lily to the hair salon. She decided to cut her hair to shoulder length and donate what was cut. She also had her hair highlighted. The man had rarely seen her so happy.

Dropped off

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The man dropped Lily back at her mother’s. She freaked out and demanded to know why he’d let her cut her hair. Even her family got involved and said some horrible things about Lily.

Social shaming

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Marie went on social media and put the man on blast, claiming that he’d “stripped my daughter of her womanhood and femininity.”

Was he right?

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The amount of abuse the man was taking shook him. He wrote to an online forum to ask if people less close to the case thought what he did was wrong.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “What’s Lily supposed to do with this enforced symbol of ‘womanhood’ she’s carrying at age 14? It sounds like a repressive, outdated burden. Lily must feel so light and happy with her new haircut.”

While another commenter replied, “I can understand the cultural subtext from your ex, but what she is forcing on your daughter is borderline coercive and abusive.”

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