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Barbers, Gender, & Why $5 Matters

By Rev. Emily C. Heath | June 01, 2011 12:00 PM on Bilerico.com

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My barber rang me out for $25, and I handed $30 over to her, thinking to myself, “It’s just as expensive in this Vermont town as it is in the South End?” And that’s when it dawned on me that something wasn’t right. I turned and looked for the posted prices, but they weren’t there. So I asked:

“How much do you charge men for that same cut?”

“$20.”

“But I got what is generally considered a men’s cut.”

“We just charge women $25.”

“But that’s not right. You didn’t do any more work.”

She shrugged and said, “I just work here.”

Check out the rest of the article at Barbers, Gender, & Why $5 Matters.

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