You guys, I was planning a long, thoughtful inaugural 2013 post with wit, verve, and teeth-cracking brainpower. But then I saw this headline.
Seriously? Shut up!
Gender norms define our lives, and we all internalize them, and we make the best choices we can within them. Like, yeah, make-up gets women more status in service and professional jobs.
Turning an economic/political issue into the watery “self-esteem” tripe (watery tripe? in 2013, I can mix whatever metaphor I want, thanks, plus maybe tripe is better when watery…) makes me stupider.
“Self-esteem” isn’t the problem for girls and women. Patriarchy is the problem. A pervasive, structural lack of economic, political, and social opportunity.
Working towards women’s equality by fretting about make-up is like planning a space program using Legos. Worse. It furthers the whole “cat-fight” bollocks by implying that women’s opportunity is measured in relation to other women’s appearance. Corrosive. And intellectually spurious.
Bah. Between this and the fiscal curb compromise, and whatever else I see when I surf-crastinate, 2013 isn’t off to a good start.
Update: I misguidedly surf-crastinated more and read the thing. To see if my hasty judgement of the headlines was too hasty. It was not. The content was even stupider than I expected. Sigh. 2013 better be better than this.