Should Women Be Required to Wear Make-Up at Work?
Do Women Have To Wear Cosmetics To Be Socially Acceptable in the Workplace?
Make-Up, Yes or No?
A woman who goes out without cosmetics on her face is viewed as "letting herself go" or "not taking care in her appearance" by many in our culture. If she goes to a job interview with a face free of makeup she may be seen as sloppy or unprofessional, even when it comes to jobs that don't involve dealing with or entertaining the public. Some women in America can legally be fired for failure to wear the stuff to work!
While many supporters of mandatory make-up claim wearing it makes them feel good about themselves, I think they wouldn't feel bad about themselves when their faces are squeaky clean if our culture didn't pressure them to wear it in the first place. It's just a kind of ritual face-painting peculiar to our culture, at its roots it's intended to improve sexual appeal.
I also think that it's mostly women who put pressure on women to use it rather than men preferring that they put on cosmetics.
What do you think?
My Personal Experience with this Crazy Idea
Why should I wear make-up if I don't want to?
At one place of employment here in West Michigan I was approached by my employer and taken aside. She told me that I needed to take care of my appearance to fit with the shop's image.
I had no idea what she meant. I showered daily, ironed my clothes, brushed and flossed, and kept my hair neatly styled and groomed. I said as much to her. She seemed angry that she had to explain but she told me she meant make-up. She insisted on at least eyeliner and lipstick when I rebelled at the idea of foundation. No way was I going to use foundation! And at the time, I had the most lovely skin. It's still pretty nice, but back then it was (aside from two small scars, one by my eye and one in my eyebrow) flawless. I can't imagine why she even suggested it! Why should I wear make-up if I don't even feel I need it and don't like what it does to my skin? But the fact is, my boss told me that putting on face paint was required to look professional.
This occurred back in the nineties, but apparently that sort of pressure and discrimination still exists in the 21st century.
I've never since had anyone tell me I had to put on make-up to keep a job but I've had some pretty heavy handed hints come my way at two other places of employment since. Not too long ago, I read a news story in which a woman took her employer to court for being required to use make-up on the job and her employer won the suit. So I decided to write a page about this unpleasant side of something that should just be a personal choice and not a mandate.
Should I Wear Make-Up
Should you use it, too? Shouldn't it be up to us?
What's Your Opinion? Is It OK To Require Women To Wear Make-Up at Work? - I think it's ridiculous, sexist, and weird but if you disagree feel free to say why
Please, no swearing in comments, this is a family friendly webpage. Any curse words, however mild, will result in unpublished comments even if I agree with what you have to say. So keep it clean as a freshly scrubbed face and you'll get to have your say.
[added July, 19, 2013]
I realize that some of you have very strong feelings on this issue but I ask you to (pretty please with sugar on top) avoid using profanity in these comment sections. I really can't publish your comments that include all those swear words. It's been such a bummer that I can't publish some really good comments I've been getting because of the language used in them.
Do You Think Women Should Be Required to Use Cosmetics in the Workplace?
Ladies, If It Were Always Socially Acceptable, Would You Go Without Using Cosmetics?
Would you go make-up free if it were acceptable?
Why Do You Use the Stuff Anyway?
"Why do women wear makeup?" is one of the most popular searches people make regarding cosmetics. Clearly, plenty of people don't even understand why women use it so it's bizarre so many women still feel forced to put it on.
Men, Do You Prefer Women to Wear It?
Do you prefer it if women wear make-up?
Books about Safe, Sane, and Cruelty Free Options
If you must put stuff on your face, willingly or not, these guides offer excellent advice on which products are safe and cruelty free.
If you feel you have to wear it to please your employer this book can help you make safer choices.
If you've got wear cosmetics this book will help you choose cruelty free products. At least nothing will have to suffer so you can paint your face they way they want.
Quotes From Some Men About Women Wearing Make-Up
"I want to see what's real."
"It might make you look better, but it tastes AWFUL!"
"I don't think woman should put so much stress on wearing make-up... be happy with yourself.. you are beautiful."
"Why do women wear makeup, anyway?"
Is it necessary for women to put pigments onto their faces? Or is it socially acceptable to face the world with a clean face?
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