I was on HuffPo, minding my own business, watching a clip of Rachel Maddow (I adore her!), when I see on the sidebar a link to this: 10 Time-Hallowed, Recession-Proof Tips For Beautification

Umm... okay?

Is it just me, or is there something really strange about this? Shouldn't we be getting more advice on how to cut corners, reduce debt, keep saving, etc.?

Still, I thought I'd give it a try, but stopped reading after "Suddenly the $250 oxygen facial doesn't seem so necessary after all." Whatever happened to DIY facials with household ingredients? I'll go ahead and take that sentence as a sign that this article was not written for me.

...But I can't help but critique anyway. I mean, SERIOUSLY?!

The advice isn't even good advice! It's things like "stand tall," "cross your legs at the ankle instead of the knee" (because, get this, it makes your legs look thinner), and "nude shoes elongate your legs" (well... unless, of course you aren't white, in which case, you're screwed). Are you kidding me?!

At least some of the comments agree with me:
"Forget the liberal values,folks,HuffPo's all for the objectification of women!"
"I have a good idea, and it is way cheaper. Why not tout the benefits of just growing old gracefully?"


At Wed Jul 30, 10:22:00 AM feministblogproject said...

Yeah, I saw that headline yesterday and got pretty pissed. I didn't even bother to read the article, because I knew it would just make me mad.

Let's see, we're in a recession and this election year is gonna be huge. Plus, we're still in Iraq and all that. Don't we have more important things to worry about than beauty? Especially a narrow-minded, artifically constructed, racist and classist view of beauty?

Where the hell are our priorities? Honestly, I expected better from HuffPo.

At Wed Jul 30, 11:31:00 AM Habladora said...

So, it won't surprise you, I'm sure, that I'm looking for paid writing gigs. The depressing part is - people only seem to want to pay for fashion columns. Is it simply that if you want to say something that you don't find frivolous, you say it for free - on your own space?

At Wed Jul 30, 11:35:00 AM frau sally benz said...

I also expected better from HuffPo, though thinking about it now I'm not sure why. Apparently, that's what people like to read about.

Habladora, I'm sorry that you can't get paid to have your insightful, intelligent writing reach a broader audience just because you don't want to write about fashion. That really sucks! There must be a way around this!


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