|Sexism 101 or you know, just people projecting their own insecurities onto others
||[Mar. 3rd, 2013|11:27 pm]
Because of conversations with Mother I've been reading some stuff. Came across several articles about women getting fired for not wearing make up. Technically, in all these cases, I believe, the termination occurred after the employer made it explicit policy that women were to wear make up so the terminations weren't like...surprise or really "unfair" strictly speaking. But there's the issue. First of all - what the fuck is up with that rule anyway? These weren't models or actresses we're talking about, btw, these were department store workers and waitresses etc. Normal people, anyway, doing things that have nothing to do with make up. I mean, look, women HAVE to wear make up but men don't. Yea, I know men don't wear make up in general, but um...so some comments from seriously disturbing people were like "well, who wants to see her open pores/uneven skin texture/etc." Right, becasue men totally don't have skin problems. But noooo it's ok for men to have skin problems or w/e but women have to be barbie doll perfect otherwise, you know, who wants to see a women's real face, even if she's perfectly comfortable with how she looks. I've got idea for these brilliant employers who care so damn much: make the guys wear make up too! Oh not lipstick, ok, but you know, at leas base. Level out those blemishes a bit. Why not?
But you know what makes me even more pissed off? The people who threw around comments like "well if you're not wearing make up, tells me you're too lazy to get up in the morning to put it on" and other stuff like that. Aside from, yea, not everyone likes early mornings, this implies that somehow only extreme laziness would propel you to not want to wear make up, because how you possibly not want to wear it? How about, maybe, that the person is comfortable with themselves the way they are? And, honestly, seeing a little uneven skin texture doesn't kill anyone (because then men would have to wear it too if it was that awful). Perfectionism is a horrible thing and people who are uncomfortable with themselves will strive for it and then, out of jealousy, they will pry on anyone who IS comfortable enough with themselves to not think that she is only worthwhile when she looks like a barbie.