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Wednesday 1 June 2016

Hillary puts a brave face on it

By Nuala McKeever

Published 15/05/2012

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has bared all! No, not shocking revelations about her love life or anything salacious. Her face. She’s appeared in public wearing glasses, with no make-up and with her hair pulled back in a scrunchie.

She defended her appearance.

She said she was “relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now, and if others want to worry about it, I let them do the worrying for a change.”

It’s made me consider what the world would be like if no-one adjusted their appearance beyond cutting hair and shaving. A world with no hair dye. No make-up. No gloss.

How long would it take us to get used to that?

Why does a woman over child-bearing age have any need to look “attractive” anyway? Biologically, she’s not seeking a mate, so the animal incentive isn’t there. So why do we keep getting on as if we’re out to copulate at the drop of a make-up bag?

And anyway, what IS “attractive”? Am I really my make-up and hair colour? Is that all that makes me appealing? And if others have a problem with a woman un-made up, isn’t that their problem, not hers? If she can handle it, why can’t they?

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