Google Hitler Youth haircut. You get “About 50,300 results” for that phrase, and most of the hits are articles praising the contemporary version of the Hitler Youth undercut (or “curtained“) hairstyle. And they actually call it that, the Hitler Youth. Is this actually happening?
The abrupt turn to the right in the 2014 European Parliament elections, including massive gains for the far-right anti-immigration National Front in France, the anti-immigration and racist UKIP in the UK, and a far-right party in Denmark (among many others) seems to signal what we’re headed for. Then there’s the right-wing nationalist Navendra Modi’s win in India, military coups popping up in other places… And by way of observation I wanted to mention the UK study which found that although people born between 1980 and 2000 are more progressive around issues like gay marriage and euthanasia, they vote markedly further to the right than either their parents or grandparents did at their age.
The posh Jacob Rees-Mogg, who went to Eton, is a monarchist, and is now a Conservative MP in David Cameron’s government
I know I’m not alone in finding this haircut and all its variants repellent and actually chilling. Wearing it seems oblivious at best, hostile at worst, regardless of what they think they are doing.
For a more extended argument on why historical styles probably can’t entirely be detached from their original historical referents, especially if the histories they refer to involve violence and oppression, please see this not-unrelated post on the settler/pioneer/colonial style known as the heritage hipster. Different style, but similar trajectory. Hypermasculine, white…
Fashion is always a bellwether.
For fun, the overgroomed douche variant:
Then there’s the other shaved-sides dictator style, the Kim Jong Un. Supposedly this cut is now mandatory for all males in North Korea (and, apparently, for plenty of males in my own social circle):
Just no. Enough of all this masculinity in crisis, these obedient clean-cut military styles, and all this conscious or unconscious aestheticization of fascism in general. I’m glad my grandfather who landed in Normandy on D-Day to fight the Nazis didn’t live to see all these twerps dressing like Hitler Youth. Seriously, let’s come up with something else. If people need an edgy joke haircut, I’m sure they can come up with a fashion joke that perhaps mocks power instead of victims of genocide.
PS Thanks to Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, and Romania for going left in the 2014 EU elections.
Next in this series: more trendy male styles from other specifically conservative decades or iffy historical periods. See Settler & pioneer “heritage hipster” styles in the age of Idle No More, Chinatown gentrification, &c. and Colonial aesthetics and Ralph Lauren