The mullet law: Are you abiding?

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By Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

Is every one in the state of North Carolina going to cut their hair into the same style?

If so I vote for the mullet. It’s a hairstyle both men and women wear.  It appears pretty easy to maintain—no fuss and no frills. It’s short on top and the sides but long in the back. Business in the front, party in the back, people say.

The haircut could become like the state bird only it would be the state hairdo: the mullet. We can all look like Joe Dirt.

Can you imagine the state issuing a law saying everyone had to get the same haircut? For those who are balding, I suppose they’d have to get a wig and disguise themselves to fit in.

What would you do if you were going through chemotherapy and had lost your hair? Guess it would be a mullet wig for you too?

What about a woman who has been growing her hair out all of her life in hopes of looking like Crystal Gayle? She would be devastated when those scissors started snipping the sides to make the perfect line for the mullet.

Forget baby locks, there’d be mullet locks. Everyone young and old, no matter the circumstance would have to wear a mullet hairstyle. No exceptions.

My goodness, I just can’t imagine being forced to brush my hair every day let alone wear it in a mullet.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with choosing to wear your hair styled into a mullet. While it is not the hairstyle I would choose to coordinate with my facial structure, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and choice. It’s a prerogative and other than the fact I have to look at it, it doesn’t affect me personally one way or the other.

But what if we were told by the state, that we have no rights as a citizen unless we had our hair styled into a mullet?

What if a woman had to go to court for domestic violence and her hair was pulled into a ponytail instead of a mullet and based on that one simple personal choice anything she said was discredited?

Forget the broken arm and black eyes, the phone messages, the death threats. She didn’t abide by the mullet law and therefore she doesn’t count.

Sounds ludicrous doesn’t it?

Well Amendment 1, referred to as the Same-Sex Marriage Amendment, is the mullet law in my opinion. Only it says if you don’t exist in a heterosexual marriage, you don’t have rights as a citizen of this state. It says we are going to single you out, make your life difficult, absolve certain protections under the law and basically run you out of town. Who cares if you are an upstanding citizen of the state, a productive hard-working taxpayer? We don’t want you.

And don’t be confused. This amendment isn’t to keep gay marriage from occurring in North Carolina; there is already a law about that. This amendment to the North Carolina Constitution is putting hundreds of thousands of heterosexual couples at risk. It is jeopardizing families and potentially lives. It is instilling hatred for all who are different than the majority.

I thought in America, it was OK to stand out, to be different, to think for yourself. I guess in North Carolina there is only one way—the mullet.

What is the message Amendment 1 will send to present and future generations?

Are we telling them it is okay to discriminate against others because they make different choices then we do? Are we instilling hatred? What good could possibly come from additional legislation?

The way I read the amendment, it isn’t just gays and lesbians being discriminated against. It also puts men and women of all ages and races in a precarious predicament if they aren’t married.

It is 2012, not 1912. It is no longer taboo for a man and a woman to cohabitate. Let’s face it, in today’s economy, it makes sense. Instead of paying two rents or mortgages, two electric bills, two water bills, two cable bills, two internet bills, etc. a couple who is in a committed relationship can share those expenses and maybe be able to save enough nickels to pay for a wedding—a wedding that apparently is the only way they can be validated.

I am not advocating any lifestyle. I am just asking you to take a step back from your fears. Look at what makes each person different. Everyone leads his or her own life. No one will ever agree with every single choice any one person makes. Never. It’s plain and simple. It’s never going to happen.

Let’s not discriminate against others whose choices are different than our own. It’s tough enough to stand out in a crowd without an entire state creating an atmosphere of intolerance.

Don’t be fooled by the scare tactics. Playing on the public’s fear of the unknown when it comes to gays is intolerable enough on its own. But to use that fear to mask an ulterior motive is pure and simple the act of a cowardly scoundrel.

And what about the ramifications this bill could have on women and their safety?

I don’t know the figures in Brunswick County, but I know the numbers are staggering across the country. The number of woman who are murdered as a result of domestic violence is horrific. A woman or a man in a civil union’s protection under domestic violence laws will be in jeopardy if this bill passes. That is unleashing the demons and issuing a death sentence to countless victims of domestic abuse across the state.

Just because a man and a woman are not married doesn’t give you or anyone else the right to take away the protection currently afforded victims of domestic violence. Step back and read the wording. This amendment is about so much more than sexuality.

There is a reason it didn’t get passed in the state legislature in 2011. It’s a shame it’s on the May 8 ballot.

It’s deceptive and criminal. I don’t recall inviting the government into my home to make a moral judgment about my living situation. What’s next? Are you going to tell me, I can’t drive on the right side of the road because I am single and in my 30s and don’t have a mullet?

That is non-traditional as well. Some may even say there is something wrong with me. I say go jump in a lake and take your pre-conceived fabricated lies with you. My life path may not be the same as yours but don’t condemn me for it.

Ultimately the judgment isn’t ours to make. Don’t cast a stone when you may have a boulder on your back.


Rachel Johnsonis a columnist and staff writer at The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or rjohnson@brunswickbeacon.com.