[quote="GloriousOrder, post:10, topic:215475"]
I believe one of the factors contributing to various societies' denial of long hair on men is merely one of differentiation. We are not supposed to be like women, and women traditionally wear their hair long; therefore, we should not wear our hair long. Men are the responsible caretakers of a society, the protectors, and the lovers of women in safekeeping. The subject is the man; the object is the woman; the goal is children; the action is conjugal in nature, scholastically-speaking. All things being equal, it would be best for men to be as differentiated from women as possible: a duality of long hair/short hair, work/stay at home, and masculine/feminine ought to be the norm.
Men who wear their hair long lack a certain regularity of grooming, and discipline of spirit. There is a fussiness and femininity in wishing to have the hair long and beautiful. It is women who are naturally adorned by long hair and jewelry and such things, and they are meant to be ornamented in order to exaggerate the characteristics which God created in them. Remember that none of the images of Our Lord with long hair, for example, are actually based on the Bible or other recorded history, so let's not get into that. ;) There are famous frescoes depicting Jesus in glory with short hair and clean-shaven face, both done in order to go head-to-head against Satan in battle. Males are predominantly short-haired because of Roman military tradition, which so influenced our society. Be clean, and be short... do not imitate the fickleness of women (our beloved sisters, regardless).
All that being said, if you are very much attached to it, just as the Gauls of the 6th century, do as you think God allows. For His own sake, though, please do it out of a logical will, and not because you feel like it. Everything should be done considering its proper object, which is God's glorification. If other men are likely to be scandalised by your long hair, it will detract from God's glory when they sin in anger or rumour against you. Why not just cut the hair short? :D Sorry if I seem to be somewhat of a devil's advocate, but long hair in Christianity was always associated with distant pagans and newcomer barbarians.
Thank you for the response, but I have to disagree with you on this. I won't attend to your first paragraph because that may work for some people, and not others.
"Men who wear their hair long lack a certain regularity of grooming, and discipline of spirit. There is a fussiness and femininity in wishing to have the hair long and beautiful..." This seems to be a generalization based in opinion only. Any argument from aesthetics is a two way street for short/long hair because both men keep their hair a certain way because of the "look".
I don't believe other men being "scandalized" by my appearance would detract from God's glory in any way. That would be a fault on their part, not mine. If anything, they may learn a thing or two about judging someone based solely on their hair style.