2 years ago: Fake authenticity and pretending not to use hair products

November 25, 2011, here on slacktivist: Fake authenticity and pretending not to use hair products

The expert also says this is all silly. There’s nothing morally wrong with using products to keep your hair in place and there’s nothing shameful about deciding to keep your hair the same color it was when you were younger. The expert feels its an insult to her profession that candidates tend to lie about this sort of thing.

Political candidates have to go before the cameras on television — that means lots of work on hair and makeup, lots of necessary product, just to appear normal under the lights in high-def. We never criticize a candidate for wearing a shirt that’s been ironed, or a suit that’s been tailored, or for otherwise looking more presentable than someone who’s just rolled out of bed. But after several election cycles of stupidity and silliness around candidates’ hairstyles, the current vogue requires them to lie for the sake of “authenticity.”

And let’s be clear that this is what we’re doing. We expect and require our candidates to appear presentable. And at the same time we expect and require them to tell us that they expend no money or time meeting this expectation.

  • gidgetcommando

    In other words, we expect our candidates to be the male equivalent of beautiful women, who are supposed to look amazing at all times but never actually work at it.

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    Which in itself is a myth, because women most assuredly do work at it. “Pretty” is a skill set.

  • http://abipwu.blogspot.com Melissia

    Yes, it takes a lot of work to look like the “pretty woman” people want you to be… and if you don’t they call you ugly for it. “Natural beauty” doesn’t exist in today’s media.

  • http://www.oliviareviews.com/ PepperjackCandy

    Or, like the old “Luann” comic strip (which I have around here somewhere):

    “You’re not plain, you’re just understaffed.”

  • Zasorina Anastasia

    That is exactly the analogy that came to my mind. That women are expected to look “natural” and gorgeous at the same time. If you let it be known how much time and effort it takes to achieve that “natural” look – and how much different it is from the way most women actually look without make-up (seriously, the most apt description of “natural” look I’ve heard is “photoshopping oneself”) – then you are superficial, vain and hiding something. And if you actually present your natural look – then you are ugly, lazy and unprofessional.


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