Tuesday, May 16

Because you're worth it


I think I should probably have added my reasoning behind this little lovely. In discussion the other day with a mate of mine about his take on lipsticks and the like, I was once again filled with the sudden inspiration to scoff at the ridiculousness of elegant facepainting.

Now I've certainly had my days of base and blush. I moved - thankfully - away from the whole sticky mess quite a while back. And just so's I don't unpset the whole the applecart too much, it's not make-up itself that I direct any sneer at.

It's the belief that there is grace and refinement attached to the process of covering one's face with costly lacquers and powders. That painting one's nails and striking the perfect balance between shimmer and sheen is somehow indicative of one's personal worth as a woman - or man for that matter.

The fetish of make-up has been divorced from its historical reasoning. It's purpose made out to be something other than it is. Instead of being an indicator of the terrible sophistication we like to pride ourselves on, make-up at its most basic level is nothing more than the war-paint, the shamanic ritual of otherness, the preening mating dance of tribal ritual.

All this civilised stuff we spend fortunes on, and the sentiments are still the same - to be more, not less, in the eyes of foe and Fate.

17 comments:

maeree said...

weirderer & weirderer

maeree said...

"All this civilised stuff we spend fortunes on, and the sentiments are still the same - to be more, not less, in the eyes of foe and Fate." Steeds weird.
Het jy al ooit gedink oor die vreemde fenomeen van vroue wat van alle hare op hul liggame moet ontslae raak (soos bv beenhare)? Die redes daarvoor is hair-raising.

dorothy said...

the brazilian wax - how to look like a nine year old in 35 easy rips. though, i think the usefulness of the pube has come and gone

Pienk Zuit said...

So you're saying it was useful once, some time ago? And not any more?

dorothy said...

what? pubes or makeup? pubes i think have had their day...makeup is lovely but should be regarded for what it is

Pienk Zuit said...

So pubes are out like the 80s?

dorothy said...

80's is a bit harsh...maybe seventies...don't get me wrong, i like pubes for the fact that they make me feel like a grown up. ha ha. same goes for lovers - if i wanted to sleep with a nine year old boy, i'd...well, i probably wouldn't, but you get my meaning.

Pienk Zuit said...

I'm not sure the reason some men like the look is to do with looking younger.

Looks like the functionality of pubes is a debate that will rage on well into the future.

dorothy said...

and a worthy topic it is...i bet it was a hot discussion in the agora all those years ago

Pienk Zuit said...

Gepraat van die Grieke van ouds: Ek wonder of hulle daai tyd geskeer het vir spoed in die Olympics, soos die fietsryers en swemmers deesdae. Want hulle het mos poedel to the noodle ge-olympics. Dalk is die waar die hele Brazilian craze begin het.

maeree said...

Confession: I find the idea of a clean-shaven man - brazilian style - quite appealing. Sadly I have not, as yet, been able to convince the husband to get his scrotum waxed.

P.S. Dalk moet jy vir ons die manlike weergawe van "Bikini wax/Brazilian" gee. Jy blyk goed te wees met dié tipe ding.

P.P.S. Jy is welkom om hierdie comment uit te vee as jy nie die woord "scrotum" op jou blog wil hê nie :p

dorothy said...

i'm very happy to welcome the word 'scrotum' to the blog and comment's pages...but a shaved scrotum is something i find a little less appealing
HOWEVER, between you and me, i have decided to venture forth into the realm of the brazillian...

Pienk Zuit said...

According to wikipedia it's called "manscaping" when men do it.

You'll have to report back on how painful it really is, and the reaction you get. I'll just assume my wife won't like it and spare myself the pain.

Picola said...

O come on, don't be a baby! Venture forth dorothy, and whomever decides to join the journey, tell us what the other side is like.

dorothy said...

there is a point that i believe people stop commenting about old posts. picola, i am a baby about it...it has to be one of the worst forms of pain i can imagine... BUT lets you and i set a date and a time for a mutual shedding of pube - whether you be man or woman - we'll synchronise watches and then rush to comment and blog about our mutual pain after.

what say you?

picola said...

No, I meant pienk zuit was being a baby. I've already ventured down that road, it's very liberating. Like going commando for the first time.

But you're right, the time has gone, we should move on. Maybe I'll get my own blog and post my experiences.

dorothy said...

:) yes do, i'm totally into the blog thing at the moment. a mate calls it 'mental extensions'.