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I wear makeup on a daily basis. 33%
I wear makeup occasionally. 4%
I have worn makeup as part of a theatrical performance. 20%
I never wear makeup. 41%

Votes: 24

 The Tyranny of Makeup

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Sep 04, 2002
Often, my sister and mother complain of how women in the USA's Midwest do not wear makeup. Every time my sister returns to the Southland, she expresses how glad she is to be in a place where women feel a need to be presentable. I am at odds with this opinion. I believe that makeup is much like clothes, and women are better off without them.

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I can understand why women feel a need to dress their faces. Makeup often improves the immediate aesthetic appearance of a woman. Makeup can be an important part of a stunning ensemble. I have to admit that I enjoy seeing a woman decked out in a shimmering floor length dress complete with a carefully adorned face. Things like color and texture can do much to improve the overall effect of a woman's beauty. But when considering the overall good of makeupism, continually ask yourself this important question: "Wouldn't that chick look better without clothing?"

Many have blamed women's compulsion to wear makeup on the patriarchal structure of our society. This is only indirectly correct. Women's need for dignity requires some covering of their person. Yet in our male-dominated society, the demand on women has been to gradually wear less and less clothing in public. Waistlines and necklines are getting lower as skirt hems rise. As young women are required to reveal more and more of the epidermis, they react by covering their faces. Simply take a look around. You will find the most scantily clad women are always wearing a thick paste of glittering brightly colored makeup.

Many aging, brittle women also wear makeup. This is not necessarily bad. Just as the right clothes can compensate for a not-so-perfect body, a moderate amount of makeup can cover for flaws. For most women though, makeup only presents a barrier between their face and the outside world. Our faces are the very essence of essence of our humanity. We use our visages to communicate verbally and with emotional facial expressions. Presenting an unobstructed face is surely more important than presenting a bare abdomen, upper thigh, or breast cleavage.

The day-to-day wearing of makeup should immediately fall out of fashion. Like the evening gown or tuxedo, makeup may still have its place for special occasions. A daily application of light makeup may also be desirable for high-powered female corporate executives to compliment their expensive suits. But please ladies, there is no need to get all gussied up for a trip to McDonalds. Proudly present your true face to the world.


Makeup Hides Aging (none / 0) (#1)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Sep 5th, 2002 at 01:40:04 AM PST
Makeup is very useful for hiding wrinkles. eyebags, and other telltale signs of aging. Nobody likes having to look at some wrinkled old bag. I bet even old men would wear makeup if they could get away with it. Old people's faces just remind of our impending deaths. Ugh. I just hope they come up with scientific immortality before I hit my 70's.

Offtopic aside: I noticed that that high school prom you linked to was held in the school's gymnasium. My god man, where do these unfortunates attend school, Cambodia? I thought everyone knew that, if the available parents are unable to secure the local country club, the prom should held at a hotel or convention center ballroom, imparting at least the illusion of class. I am shocked that young people in the modern United States are forced to endure such deprivation. Someone should take up some kind of collection.

P.S. Would you be an alumnus of the linked-to High School? You wouldn't happen to be in a position to get the phone number of the brunette on the right, would you?

I'm sorry (none / 0) (#4)
by First Incision on Thu Sep 5th, 2002 at 02:09:55 PM PST
That was merely a school picked at random from a Google search.

But I am personally acquainted with Miss Alabama. I doubt I could get her phone number; I haven't seen her in almost two years.
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

ad me too yur lits!!1!! (5.00 / 1) (#5)
by KingAzzy on Thu Sep 5th, 2002 at 03:59:59 PM PST

jeffk!!!!!11 (none / 0) (#7)
by mrt76 on Thu Sep 5th, 2002 at 10:13:59 PM PST
Let's hear it for JeffK everybody!!! He's back!!!
"...I'm in no mood for a freak show this afternoon..."

LOLOLOLOLOL!!L!!!~`!!! (none / 0) (#8)
by KingAzzy on Fri Sep 6th, 2002 at 12:09:15 PM PST

My little lady doesn't wear much makeup (none / 0) (#2)
by Adam Rightmann on Thu Sep 5th, 2002 at 09:23:34 AM PST
having a fresh, beautiful face, she needs but a few strokes of lipstick. But I can certainly understand why women love it,vanity, vanity, thy name is woman.

A. Rightmann

One cheap shot, coming up! (none / 0) (#6)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Sep 5th, 2002 at 09:40:56 PM PST
So do you use Mango Blossom or Softshell Pink on your fist?


Senor Wences

Botox Injections... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by jer on Thu Sep 5th, 2002 at 11:39:10 AM PST
Oh, how I long for the day when a simple injection of horrific, horrific bacteria will singlehandedly eliminate the need for makeup, signs of aging, scars, facial tics, tension headaches, bladder disease, hyperhidrosis, arthritis, osteoperosis, insomnia, hypertension, halitosis, spongiform encephalopathy, noisy children, morgage payments, debutants, liberals, imported Japanese cars, the 1999 Yankees, and the desire for cheap domestic labor.


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