Re: Captain Picard: Future Scalp of Humanity?

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Tue, 28 Jan 1997 17:49:51 -0800 (PST)

> <<
> I'm not aging, I'm evolving; yeah, that's it. Seriously, though, wouldn't
> the cultural associations of hair type with sexual attractiveness
> overwhelm any small environmentally adaptive effect baldness might have?
> Zahavi makes a good case that attractiveness cues evolve faster precisely
> because they /are/ handicaps.
> >>

QM> are you positing that male baldness isn't sexy ?

I certainly hope not, for my own sake (the picture on my web
site is a few years old--that hairline is now only a memory).
Baldness has actually caught on in recent years, luckily.
But I must confess a definite lack of attraction to bald females,
and the environmentally adaptive argument applies to them as well
as to males. I suspect that cultural bias will keep long-haired
females around for a long time, the occasional Sinead O'Conner