Deborah Tannen is professor of linguistics at Georgetown University. Among her many books is You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which spent nearly four years on the New York Times best-seller list. “Why Mothers and Daughters Tangle Over Hair” is from Me, My Hair and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession, edited by Elizabeth Benedict, forthcoming from Algonquin Books in September. Tannen's most recent book is You Were Always Mom's Favorite!
While men's hair can often be neutral, women's hair is fraught with questions of sexuality, professionalism, and identity.Deborah TannenAug 04, 2015