Wearing Make-Up Is Now Sexist?


Cover image from Forbes

In a sure sign that some women just don’t have enough to worry about, Katherine Timpf of National Review tells us of the latest feminist tirade: “the Make-Up Tax”

The discussion began when Facebook staffer Libby Brittain asked about it during Hillary Clinton’s July 20 Facebook Q&A:

Every morning, as my boyfriend zips out the door and I spend 30+ minutes getting ready, I wonder about how the ‘hair-and-makeup tax’ affects other women — especially ones I admire in high-pressure, public-facing jobs.

(Psst: when Hillary is left to her own devices, she doesn’t bother.  When she was in the Senate there were hair and make-up people on her staff.)  (I’m also guessing none of these girls were fans of the hair bands in the 80’s.  Or Duran Duran.)

Hair and make-up tax?  She’s kidding, right?  I mean, don’t all women strive to look their best?  Haven’t we always?  Isn’t this why we read of using kohl on the eyes in the Bible, and why busts of Ancient Greek women feature hairstyles that invoke scholarly arguments on how many braids it took to get it right?  Why women from the far east have coated their faces in rice powder for eons?  Why wigs have been all the rage in times past just so that the hair doesn’t have to be redone every day?  Why we used to put bat guano on our eyelashes to make them long and lustrous?

Come on, girls, hair and make-up is a right of passage, and are so in every culture on earth.  Enhancing natural beauty is so much of the world – which all feminazis prefer over the divine – that it is the first thing women religious give up when they enter a convent.  Or at least it should be.  Some orders are more “modern” (and have fewer vocations, but we aren’t supposed to notice that) and their members use a trowel when applying what has to be pancake, but I digress.

Now this writer will admit, being a “work from home” sort at this time in her life, it’s pretty easy for her to say that “the make-up tax” is hooey.  After all, there are days she doesn’t leave the house and therefore doesn’t bother with anything other than a hairbrush and a scrunchie.  Okay, that’s most days.  However, being a professional singer as a morninglight gig, every Sunday morning the war paint comes out, and VIOLA! after ten minutes and about ten products, she feels and looks a lot more presentable.  (Evening outings take a few more products.)  When she was working in an, gag, office, getting ready was about a fifteen minute experience depending on finding a pair of pantyhose with no runs.

Is ten minutes so much a price to pay for a smooth palate of skin, brighter eyes, and glossy lashes?  Oh, wait, the original whiner said 30 minutes….  That includes hair….  Well…having a “wash and wear” cut featuring natural curls that’s long, air dries, and can always be put into a hair toy in less than thirty seconds…yeah, Chickie, do yourself a favor and grow yours out if you can, or have a simpler style where you don’t need a dryer, iron, straightener, yada yada.  Your hair will be a lot healthier for it.  Longer hair never goes out of fashion, and bad hair days can be avoided.  (Of course, I’ve had 30 years experience with this, so it’s easy for me to say.)

If anything redeemable can come from this complaint, and the ensuing discussion where the question can be countered with how much men spend on athletic equipment and power tools, it’s the reality that the majority of cosmetics are loaded with really unhealthy stuff.  Thankfully, we are no longer using lead and bat guano in cosmetics, but still some of the chemicals are scary which is why so many of us have switched to mineral make-up.  It actually is much more natural looking than not, and there is quite a selection available.  It’s no more expensive than any of the other brands and really gives better results.

So, to the feminists out there who would just like all women to look like hags just because they want to be lazy slobs, do what you want, but you can pry my boar bristle brush, hand filed hard rubber comb, hair toys, make-up brush collection, nail polish selection, foundation, primer, blush, eye shadow and lip gloss out of my cold, dead hands.

For more insight into this topic, Gloss Magazine has a piece that is interesting.  The Atlantic’s is slightly not so much.

If you really want to talk about expensive, why not harp on the cost of all the female specific annual tests, and what some of the manufacturers charge for feminine hygiene products?  The cost of all that adds up after a while.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.