Bun Heads

It is required of professing women that they have long hair (don't ever cut it) and wear it in a bun. Workers have said that a woman's devotion to God can be seen by how long her hair is.

Here is a worker quote that is similar:

Alan Ashmore - "I Corinthians 11:10 It is just as much of a shame for a woman to have short hair as for a man to have long hair. We show that we are under subjection by the length of our hair. Women must be under subjection!" - at a gospel meeting on 8/8/1965

I find it interesting how many times workers will quote a book, chapter and verse and then massacre it in the next sentence. Don't they read their Bible or do they think everyone is dumb and will accept anything they say without judging it?

It is evident from Alan's statement that the workers believe that a woman with slower growing hair is going to be limited spiritually. No matter how much workers blast women to not cut their hair, it has nothing to do with their real motive which is to get women to wear their hair in a bun.

2x2 women know that when workers preach about long hair that they really mean them wearing their hair up in a bun. And 2x2 women know that when workers preach about having long hair for a covering, they know the workers aren't talking about wearing a hat - the workers want them to wear their hair in a bun. And the women know that the workers aren't talking about them having their hair down either or having long bangs and peeking out with their eyes like one of those dogs you see who is so covered with hair that they can hardly see where they are going.

Wouldn't it be funny if a 2x2 woman went to meeting with a headscarf, hijab, niqab, burka, al-amira, shayla, khimar or chador?

Evidence of Their Bun Rule

Just go to any convention or gospel meeting and observe all the female workers. They have their hair in a bun.

If you don't think the workers have their own rules, then just go to meeting in pants, short hair or long hair that hangs down or in pony tail, wear lipstick, eyeshadow, necklace, bracelet and ear rings.

The Male Workers' Hypocrisy

Don't mistake the workers' blasting away at women for any care for their soul. You are 100 times more likely to hear a male worker hammering on women having long hair (they mean wearing it in a bun) than you are of hearing them warn against the fornication, adultery, homosexuality and child sexual abuse by overseers and workers.

If they are going to make a rule of their own, they should at least put it in perspective. But cults blow things out of perspective - strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. However women wearing hair in buns isn't even a gnat in God's eyes.

2x2 workers want to make a name for themselves and will use a loudspeaker to declare their little man-made rules and ignore the big problems like fornication, adultery and child sexual abuse by workers. This shows their true intentions and motives.

Workers should spend more time warning women about their sneaky male workers who aren't allowed to marry but seem free to fornicate and commit adultery. Or warn the women about the lesbian workers too.

Bun Wearing - A Sign of Submission to Workers

Let's call "bun wearing" for what it really is - submission to workers.

What the workers really believe is that women wearing their hair in a bun is a sign of subjection to and submission to the workers. It is a sign that their teachings are being observed and practiced.

You may have been in meeting or heard workers gossiping as they talk about so and so who is wearing their hair in a bun now. And they get all excited. But I've not seen these workers get excited about a women dressing more modestly. Actions speak louder than words.

The Hypocrisy

I believe older men workers would rather see woman wearing her hair in a bun to meetings with a long slit up the side of her skirt than a modest woman wearing her hair down.

Interesting and Funny Bun-Head Questions

Do the workers believe that a pagan who gets chemotherapy and loses his hair is in more subjection to God than a worker with 2 inch hair?

Should all men workers get their hair cut to 1/2 inch? Would this make them more righteous than a worker with 3/4 inch hair? Or should all workers either be bald of have 1/4" hair? What is the standard?

Do workers believe that bald women (more women are bald than men) are not in subjection to God?

Aren't men supposed to be in subjection to God? Why are workers always touting that women must be in subjection? What about the men being in subjection to the authorities and to God? This is another reason why people see the 2x2 religion as sexist. They hammer women to follow their rules and go easy on the men. And they're right. Women and children face more pressure from the workers to conform than do the men. Workers are notorious for this. Either way, it's a rule they've made up.

Why don't you see women workers with long hair and buns on the platform blasting me for not having their hair short enough to please them? Obviously they would get assigned to fields who don't pay well.

How do workers go from "short hair" to having hair in a bun? Where does it say that women must wear their hair in a bun?

Long hair and buns are fundamental teaching of the 2x2 religion and it is enforced by the teachings and pressure from overseers, their workers and their elders. The 2x2 religion is so well known for their women wearing their hair in a bun that some people do google searches to find this religion by using the search phrase "bun head religion".

Obvious to the Most Casual of Observers

One of the first things people notice when they are invited to come to the workers' gospel meeting or Sunday morning meeting is that nearly all the women wear their hair in a bun. It sticks out, like a bun on a head.

It doesn't matter what you say. They can deny the obvious. But it has to be a teaching when you see this conformity of the women wearing their hair in a bun. Go to any meeting, observe the obvious. Hence the phrase "bun head religion". It's accurate.

And try as they might, there are no verses than even have the word "bun" in them. Their are 66 books in the Bible and not one talks about women wearing their hair in a bun.

Where did this bun on the head thing come from? It was started by William Irvine. He wanted women to wear their hair in a bun. It has nothing to do with submission to God nor is it a sign of your devotion to God. Wearing a bun is done to please the workers. Who are we supposed to be pleasing? God or the workers?

Professing Women Tired of Long Hair and Buns

Wearing their hair in a bun has become a tiresome chore to many professing women. How do I know this? When the workers aren't around they complain about it to people who are sympathetic.

Many professing women don't wear their hair in a bun when the workers are not around to see them. They just put their hair up in a bun for meetings or hurriedly put it up when the workers come over to their homes.

Bun on Head - A Sign of God's Work?

When many women discover that the 2x2 religion is a joke and quit going to meetings, one of the first things they do is to change the style of their hair. So many women hate the bun-head thing. It's the first change former 2x2 women make in their outward appearance when they quit going to meetings. It shows that they associate bun-wearing with the workers meetings. After the 2x2 women quit going to meetings, many radically change their hairdo and even cut their hair. This simply shows to me that they had long hair and wore it in a bun to please the overseers and workers.

Hair in a Bun - A Sign of Pressure from 2x2 Husbands and Workers

The only reason many women wear their hair in a bun to meetings is because of the pressure they would get from the overseers, workers and elders and their professing husband for doing what they believe in. Many women don't believe in wearing hair in buns as a sign of 2x2 fellowship. So they do things contrary to what is in their heart. This just makes it a form and means of controlling others.

Jay Wicks preached at Boring, Oregon Convention in about 1990 that the length of a woman's hair showed her submission to God. He didn't earn any points with his personal beliefs there. I challenge any worker or 2x2 to find scripture to support their bun head religion.

What the Bible Does Teach

Here are some scriptures that we referred to as workers when trying to justify long hair and buns for the women. Please note that at the end of this discussion, Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, writes "But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God."

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

Workers teach that women should have long hair and wear it in a bun. This is their custom. If you've ever gone to a gospel meeting, then you've seen all the women wearing their hair in a bun. How do they teach this custom of long hair for women and having their hair in a bun? Many ways, and sometimes in private and definitely in behavioral control. Women not wearing their hair in a bun have often been given the evil eye and cold shoulder - made to feel like villans or criminals.

Don't Get me Wrong

Don't get me wrong. If a woman wears her hair in a bun, it is not a sin. Any person of any religion wearing their hair in a bun because they want to, it is not a sin. Nor is it a sin for a woman to wear her hair down. But a woman should not think that wearing her hair in a bun is going to get her into heaven.

Here are some thoughts to consider

  • The scripture talks about head coverings. Many religions have the women wear hair coverings to religious services. But the 2x2s have made this an issue about hair and not something to cover their head.
  • I don't see anything here where a woman has to wear her hair in a bun. It seems to me that if a woman has her hair down, that it covers more of her head than if it is tied up in a bun.
  • It seems hypocritical to me for overseers and workers to insist on women having long hair and wearing it in a bun when they don't even believe in following the scripture.
  • And the scripture here talks about a covering for their head. The women don't wear head coverings when they pray.
  • 2x2 men pray with their head covered (with hair). I had hair that covered my head when I was a 2x2 worker.
  • Workers teach that women should never cut their hair. So some women to alleviate their guilt will will say that they actually got it "trimmed", not "cut" in order to justify themselves and hold onto their weird 2x2 beliefs. Every person has to justify themselves in their own minds or change their beliefs or behavior. The 2x2 women just use different words to justify themselves and remain 2x2s rather than face their ridiculous beliefs.
  • The overseers in Oregon Harold Bennett and Howard Mooney and Ralph Sines have been nearly bald. This didn't make them any more righteous. Certainly a bald man isn't more righteous than a man with hair on his head.
  • Women workers run Sunday Morning Meetings even when a male elder is present. How do they justify this in their mind in the light of these verses?
  • When I was a kid, my neighbor and 2x2 elder Bob Brands said jokingly "God made some heads perfect and others he covered with hair.".
  • Nazarite men had long hair (Num_6:5)

I simply see these verses as being used to justify some old rule they must have made earlier about women wearing long hair and putting it in a bun. If workers really believed these scriptures, then much in their religion would need to change.

Num_6:5 All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.
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