Bushy Brows! Image by Salvatore Vuono via freedigitalphotosdotnet
Bushy Brows!
Image by Salvatore Vuono via freedigitalphotosdotnet

This week, Jezebel tossed an article up about the fashion of women having bushy eyebrows.

Apparently Cara Delevigne (should I know who that is? or pretend to know?) made it cool to have bushy eyebrows. Which means that it wasn’t cool before.

So I didn’t know that because, well, I didn’t care, but what I did care about and the whole reason I’ve bothered to write this blog is because I have eyebrows. Boy do I have eyebrows. And I like my eyebrows. They’re noticeable, and they go above my eyes, right where they belong. I never plucked them. I never waxed them. But other people seem to think I should.

I tend not to be a girly-girl, but sometimes I go there. Especially when it comes to getting manicures and pedicures. I could go for a manicure every week – or more – and be totally happy. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and I get pretty pretty princess nails. Who doesn’t love that?

What I don’t love, though, is when I get someone new to do my nails for me because, inevitably, before the end of my manicure, I get the question, “And do you need eyebrow wax?” And I always say, “No.” And they ask again, “Are you sure? No wax?” As if I will suddenly smack myself in the forehead (getting nail polish in my hair) and say, “Oh my heavens! I forgot that I was a hairy beast! Please, please wax my eyebrows for me!”

Instead, I just reiterate my no and tell them to please never ask again. And then, if I go back, I make sure I don’t get that manicurist again. Because, honestly, it is no one’s business if I wax my eyebrows or if I “should” wax them.

Now, I suppose, I will have less worry because maybe they’ll lay off the questioning since the bushy brow is back.

(Just in case you were one of the pluckers or tweezers or waxers or whatever, Jezebel does let you know that there are options to fix the lack of eyebrow bushiness. You can put Rogaine on your brows, apply “a topical eyebrow-growth solution that retails for a mere $110,” or get eyebrow transplants – yes, for real – extensions, or even eyebrow merkins. Can everyone say “ewwwwww” with me?)

So, really, I’m not sure which is worse – adding hair or taking it away. Either way, I’m sticking with my eye brow happiness route and ignoring the shit out of the advice being given. Except maybe I’d donate some of my eyebrow hair for a transplant if it paid good enough…anyone know where you go to get in on that gig?


Galveston, you disappoint me again…

From Slut Walk Houston, 2011

I have to say that I lived in Galveston, and while I was there, I pretty much loved it.  There were enough positives that part of me still wishes I was there.  But…someone needs to talk to their police department.

Recently, two joggers were attacked on Seawall Blvd.  In one case, the woman says that about a dozen cars went past during the attack, and no one stopped or did anything.  Now, to be fair, I don’t know that I would stop and get out of my car, but I might pull over, honk, and make it clear I was calling 911.  But that’s not the point.

The point is that the police chief made a lovely statement, as per the Galveston Daily News: “Galveston police Chief Henry Porretto said joggers should be aware of their surroundings. Wearing ear buds could give an attacker an advantage, he said.” 

Damn those joggers wearing ear buds!  They’re asking for it!  I mean, hell, first off, they’re women.  Second, they’re out alone.  Third, they’re wearing ear buds! Oh the humanity! Ear buds, the scourge of the 21st century.


Let me repeat something.
Don’t blame the victim.

One more time.
Don’t blame the victim.

Just because a woman has the nerve to do something that men would do does not mean that they have asked to be attacked or that they should be told that it is their fault if they are attacked.  If it had been two guys who had been mugged, would the police chief have issued the same statement?  I’m thinking not so much.

Oh, and just to add one fun detail: that victim who had the nerve to wear ear buds?  Yeah, she also had the nerve to carry a metal pipe that she used to defend herself.



What the Hell are the “Glamour Women of the Year Awards”?

By H16794 U.S. Copyright Office. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By H16794 U.S. Copyright Office. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s kind of sad I have to ask, but I just do.

Here’s the thing: I read the news.  Lots of news.  And I saw a link on my local news for “Glamour Women of the Year Awards.”  And it’s just a slideshow.  Thirty-four photos.  And some of the “thumbnails” are of the women’s waists.  Others are just faces.  And there is nothing on the page anywhere about what these awards are for.  It’s just a bunch of pretty faces.  Nothing to identify what these awards are for.

Okay, that’s odd…normally people care about what awards are for, right?  If we were looking at “Men of the Year Awards,” wouldn’t we care about what they were for?  Wouldn’t there be a mention somewhere?  Somehow?

But going to Glamour’s website doesn’t help.  Instead, there are great headlines that tell me that I should own dresses, know sex tips, and will be judged by my body.  Thanks, Glamour, that’s exactly what I was looking for!

I went ahead and Googled it, thinking maybe eventually I would find the information.  I could find only a single page that wasn’t a bunch of photos.  Celebrity-Gossip.net actually listed the awards and the winners.

Hmmm.  Helpful, but not too helpful.  Then I found it – the best page that told me the true purpose of the “awards.”  The Huffington Post stood up and shouted it – “This Week in Beauty: Best & Worst From the ‘Glamour’ Women of the Year Awards 2012.”   And how awesome, you can judge the women and rank them!  Cause, you know, the awards were only about how they looked.  What else could they be?  And if you check out the comments, it’s clear that is the only point of the awards.  People –both male and female – insult the women in the photos, making fun of their eyebrows, eyeshadow, and roots.

Yes, this is another rant.  But it’s a worthwhile rant.  Why don’t we notice these things?  Why don’t we call them out?  Why don’t we argue and shout and tell these people that we mind what they do?  There are only two options: we don’t mind, or we do and we keep quiet about it.  So let’s not keep quiet.  Let’s talk about it and argue and shout.  Because if we don’t, who will?


Oh Allegra and CVS – Why Do You Hate Me So?

Or is it that I hate you?

Yes, yes, I think that’s it.

I hate Allegra and CVS.  Which is really sad because, until yesterday, I liked them.

Well, I wasn’t that crazy about CVS, but I have been taking Allegra for an allergy for ages now, and it’s bloody awesome.  And now I have to find another allergy medicine.  Because of something they did.


It’s “The Allergy Makeover.”  As per their website – “Learn a not-so-obvious beauty secret…”  Hmmm.  My allergy medicine wants to give me beauty tips?  Really?  Well, okay…

If you go to the website and enter the contest, first you’re asked to “Select a model.”  I went with the Asian-looking one – she had the best smile. 

The next page – “Glamour Level: Don’t Look at Me!” and I’m supposed to use “Cucumber Slices” to make her look better.  Because, the message is (from what I can tell), that I’m not supposed to look bad, even if I have allergies. 

I try to put the cucumber slices in her mouth, but it tells me that they aren’t doing much for her “puffy eyes.”  The poor model!

So I go to the next page.

Now it’s time to use the eye drops because, I’m still at the “Glamour Level: Don’t Look at Me!”

I take the eye drops and try to put them in her hair.  Why not – a bit of moisture never hurt, right?

Wow, thanks to that “help,” her “Glamour Level” is now “You’re Getting Some Stares.”  And from the fact that I have “bad news” at the bottom of the page telling me that my poor model’s nose is “redder than ever,” I have to assume they’re the bad stares of an unattractive woman. 

Finally, I’m told to use Allegra!

Now she’s updated to “Glamour Level: Red Carpet Ready.”  Oh, thank god, Allegra.  Thanks to you, Allegra will now help “keep her allergies from getting in the way of her beauty.”

Oh Allegra, thank you, thank you, thank you!  I have been so worried that my feeling like crap would somehow make me less attractive, and what do we have if we don’t have our looks?  We are, after all, just women.

I don’t know who the genius is behind this marketing campaign, but I sure hope they’re enjoying their awesome flash game full of insults because I know I’m not.


Time to get scared – feminist rant #876 part A

© Can Stock Photo Inc. / AnatolyMSo for those who don’t know, Augusta National has a male-only membership policy.  It only seems to hit the news when it comes time for the Masters Tournament.

First off, let me say that I don’t care about golf.  Really.  I have always agreed with George Carlin’s position – “you found the ball, be happy, now go home.”  But a lot of people do care about it.  Apparently, they care about it more than they care about the fact that the club is for men only.

CNN quoted a woman from North Carolina who said that “she sees no need for Augusta to open membership to women and would not let the controversy detract from the tournament.”  She, and her mother, both say that they have no issues with it because they like “tradition” and they’ve “never had anyone that [they’ve] met here who has a problem with the way things are.”

I am sooooo happy that we like tradition.  Like whites’ only water fountains?  Women not allowed to check themselves out of hospitals without husbands or fathers?  I suppose they also have no problem with human slavery – it’s still going on – because it’s a tradition, too.

The only way we’re going to start fixing the problems is if we start seeing them.  We can’t excuse things as “tradition” and move on with our lives.  I understand the concept behind having private versus public organizations, and how people can be refused service, but isn’t there a whole anti-discrimination law going on here?  Something about how you can’t refuse service to someone based on race, creed, or color? Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on a person’s national origin, race, color, religion, disability, sex, and familial status.


Feminist Rant Number #139

I don’t really have time to be blogging right now, but there are just a few things that have popped up lately that have my ire going enough that it can’t wait…

First, in today’s news on CNN, we have confirmation that Cain may have actually done something wrong.  Is it because a woman came forward and reported it?  Nope, we’ve gone back to “good ole days” standards: it’s because the boyfriend of the victim reported it.

Yeah, I wish I was kidding, but there’s the headline – “Former boyfriend of Cain accuser backs her account.”  Wow, thanks, ex-boyfriend!  Now we can believe her!

And if that was the only thing in recent days to get me going, I probably wouldn’t be writing this now, but sadly, there’s more…

In today’s news in Sweden (going a bit afield, but hey…), a high school principal was kind enough to tell one of his female students “Guys do this kind of thing, you have to get used to it.” when she got up her nerve to tell him she’d been raped.  He discouraged her from going forward to the police because – “this is not a prioritized case as no serious crime has been committed.”


And it only gets better (worse?)…

In Turkey, just over a week ago, 26 men who had been convicted of having sex with a 13 year old girl were told it was okay because it was “consensual.”  We can ignore the fact that they were paying money to two adults for “repeated access to the girl” for just over six months.  Personally, though, my favorite part of the article is when it mentions that “any rape or sexual assault [that] happened with the consent of the girl or the woman, then the sentence would be reduced.”  Ummm, consent? Rape?  Aren’t these kind of contradictory terms?

But, hey, at least we have the right idea here in America.  Don’t we? Nah, I guess we don’t.  Because, according to an “excellent” (read: heavy sarcasm) article on CNN again, we should “make a rule on sexual harassment.”

The highlights that CNN is kind enough to pull out on the side, according to expert Barbara Risman, “society hasn’t reached consensus on what’s OK in the workplace.”  Cause, you know, we don’t have any rules in place that are based on a consensus of what shouldn’t be done.  In fact, in her brilliance, she suggests rules that make it “illegal for bosses to make sexual overtures to subordinates.”

Don’t we already have those rules? And that consensus?  I could swear there’s this who thing…what’s it called? Oh, yeah, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…  They talk all about laws and regulations and prohibited practices…so are those “rules”?

Maybe we can’t fix problems in other countries (unless you talk to the Republicans), but we sure should be able to fix them here.