A bob cut or bob is a short haircut for women (and occasionally men) in which the hair is typically cut straight around the head at about jaw-level, often with a fringe (or "bangs") at the front.
The pageboy is a similar hairstyle, but usually a bit longer than a bob. While a bob is possible with any kind of hair, including curly and waved hair, the pageboy requires straight hair.
Historically, women in the west have usually worn their hair long. Although young girls, actresses and a few "advanced" or fashionable women had worn short hair even before World War I, the style was not considered generally respectable until given impetus by the inconvenience of long hair to women engaged in war work.
By the mid-1920s the style (in various versions, often worn with a side-parting, curled or waved, and with the hair at the nape of the neck "shingled" short), was the dominant female hairstyle in the Western world.
In spanking artEdit
The bob cut is found a lot in French spanking novel illustrations from circa 1910 to 1940, such as those of Louis Malteste. Malteste used the hairstyle to show that his female spanker and spankee characters were attractive modern women.
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