A wise and alert reader e-mailed me this story, The Economy is in the Toilet—Naturally, You’ll Start Wearing Lipstick. (Don’t worry, it’s a very short article, so click the link already!)
I agree with it… to a point. Yes, I do agree that, in hard times, lipstick replaces more expensive indulgences like perfume, spa treatments, and the like, but then the writer announced: Women wear lipstick, “to put forward an image that they are more alive and more vibrant, and not as down in the mouth. It’s part of the uniform of desirability and attractiveness.”
When I was finished laughing at this oversimplification, and when I was done shaking my head at its condescending tone, I wondered if just a bit wee bit too much significance is placed on why women wear lipstick. I must say I have never been applying lipstick and gunning for its political, economical, or social message, no matter the state of the economy. Perhaps I’m in the minority and other women don’t choose lipstick based on how it flatters skin tone or just helps the lips not feel so dry; do you put forth economical proclamations every time you slick on lipstick?