Boo-hoo! The “makeup tax”! Women have to buy cosmetics to look good and men don’t
My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
So unfair that society forces women to wear eyeshadow and lipstick
Here’s Olga Khazan at the the Atlantic:
“Women invest time and money into doing their makeup because it impacts their relationships and their paychecks. And while both genders tend to buy haircuts, shaving cream, and moisturizer, the price of makeup is something men never have to worry about….
“Years of research has shown that attractive people earn more. Thus, the makeup tax: Good-looking men and good-looking women both get ahead, but men aren’t expected to wear makeup in order to look good.”
Tyler Atwood at Bustle took over the talking drum from Khazan:
“Khazan notes that modern culture further complicates the issue by saturating magazines, television, and advertisements with cosmetics-sporting women, thus transforming what should be an optional beauty practice into something obligatory if one wishes to climb the rungs of the corporate ladder or score a holiday bonus. Men are unshackled to makeup while women are pressured to utilize cosmetics.
“While there is no immediate solution on the horizon, knowledge of the makeup tax and its consequences is a form of power, and allows women to ask more probing questions about seemingly innocuous aesthetic issues that may be impeding gender equality.”
Now, if I were Libby Brittain’s boyfriend, I might be pointing out some of the taxes that I have to pay but women don’t. For example, there’s the “shaving tax.” Men feel “pressured” not to show up at work with day-old stubble unless their job title is “bouncer.” And guys who’d wish “to climb the rungs of the corporate ladder” also have to pay the “shower and deodorant tax.” It’s so unfair that it’s “obligatory” to smell nice at work when everyone knows that men sweat a lot more than women! And how about the “tie tax”? Unless you’re Mark Zuckerberg, you’ve got to stick your neck into one of those nooses every single day if you want to make the C-suite. Carly Fiorina didn’t have to wear a tie when she was president of HP!