No Makeup Hillary Tours India

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Recently, Hillary Clinton visited India. It was a three-day spree with visits to two of the most popular cities and countless meetings. She was there to try to persuade India to wean itself off Iranian oil, which they seem to be slowly doing. However, the fact that Hillary is abroad, brokering deals to better the world and the economy, isn’t what’s making headlines. No, what everyone’s talking about is the fact that she’s doing it sans makeup.

It became such a big deal that she was even asked about it during an interview with CNN. Hilary said:

“I feel so relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now, Jill. Because you know if I want to wear my glasses I’m wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back I’m pulling my hair back. You know at some point it’s just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention. And if others want to worry about it, I let them do the worrying for a change. It doesn’t drive me crazy anymore. It’s just not something I think is important anymore.”

Oh man. I get it—Hilary woke up, probably pretty jet-lagged, and decided that she would rather throw on her glasses and a little lip gloss and go to work. That’s right—the woman WORKS for a living. She’s not an actress or a model; her job isn’t to look good. Her job is to get India to stop giving money to Iran, and you know what, guys? There isn’t always time or desire for pancake makeup and eyeliner!

I saw a headline that said “Hillary Clinton ‘au natural’ is no Kate Middleton. Is that OK?” and honestly, I was baffled by that. Kate Middleton just turned 30 years old and is a duchess. It’s her damn job to look the part of a duchess, right? Hillary Clinton is 64 years old and the Secretary of State of the United States … a little bit different, no?

At any rate, I’ve got to say: I think Hillary looked dang good without makeup on. She’s 64 and I wouldn’t have guessed a day over 52. Sure, she’s got some loose skin and a few wrinkles, but she appears to have a nice, even skintone, her eye glasses were very stylish, her hair is multi-tonal and was not out of place or unkempt.

Is this a discussion we really need to be having in 2012?



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Time Magazine Depicts Woman Breastfeeding Three-Year-Old

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Time magazine is the topic du jour because of their controversial cover of a woman breastfeeding a three-year-old boy. Is it over-mothering? Is it offensive? Is it inappropriate? Did you not care enough because you didn’t breastfeed until your child could stop, pop your breast out of their mouth and say, “Thank you, Mommy, I’ve had enough now”?

Breastfeeding has always been a hot button issue from the healthy benefits of it and ‘how dare you deny your child something like that’ to ‘don’t do that in public, that’s atrocious’. But this, for me, crosses a line. It’s partially Time’s fault, as they purposefully posed the picture this way. They were the ones who wanted people to be uncomfortable and angry and start talking about them. It was marketing. I get it. But that doesn’t take away the fact that it does happen. In my opinion, women are breastfeeding for far too long, the new trend is called “attachment parenting.”

There is a triad of attachment parenting: breastfeeding into the toddler stage and beyond, co-sleeping, and “baby wearing,” meaning the infant is forever attached to the mother in one of those baby slings. All of this was introduced in a book called “The Baby Book” by Dr. Sears. Dr. Sears says, ” … the more time babies spend in their mothers’ arms, the better the chances they will turn out to be well-adjusted children,” and that “every baby’s whimper is a plea for help and that no infant should ever be left to cry.”

That does make some sense. But dude, babies cry … and they cry because they don’t know how to communicate so sighs and moans and screams is how they talk, too. It is not a “plea for help” all the time … that’s a bit much.

I’m going to get a little personal here: when I was younger, my mother rocked me to sleep and her best friend told her “don’t do that, trust me—that baby will have issues leaving you,” to which my mother replied “this is my last baby and I’ll do what I want.” That best friend was Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro, who went on to write a baby book called Baby: An Owner’s Manual and sure enough, I’m in a chapter. I did grow up to have severe separation anxiety from my mother, and I also much preferred sleeping in her bed instead of mine. When my parents divorced, I moved into my mother’s room, where I stayed for months. Even now, in my late 20’s, I am ridiculously attached to my mother. If I have a bad day, I call and yell to her because she’s the closest thing to me. I often find myself worried at the thought that one day she won’t be just a phone call away. Now, I don’t know if that’s because she rocked me, or if she …

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Ashley Judd’s Viral Essay Sparks Cult Following

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Actress Ashley Judd has been an activist for women and an advocate for mental health for several years. Recently she wrote an essay that was posted on The Daily Beast that went viral. In it, Judd called out society’s misogyny and harsh judgment of womens’ appearances, and all of this was due because a picture of Judd (who looked beautiful in said photo) was released, and because she looked a little fuller-faced than normal, critics said she appeared “puffy” or “bloated” or that she “must’ve had work done.” The media went mad and called plastic surgeons who never worked on Judd but stated that she must’ve had this, that, and the other, done to her gorgeous face. She simply can’t just be naturally that beautiful, and God help a woman that’s puffy on film. The audacity. She should have stayed home!

Since then, nearly 16,000 people have shared the essay on Twitter, and 374,000 people have liked it on Facebook. Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction – women standing up and saying, “I’m not just a pretty face and it’s okay to have flaws.” Guys, flaws are the interesting parts! I live in Los Angeles where almost everyone looks the same, and I find it rather refreshing to see a girl with an interesting face and a fresh take on life – someone who steps out and says “I’m a bit weird in a certain way and that’s okay.”

Other celebrities weighed in on the topic, too - ”There is so much negativity online, so even if the content on a website is positive, the community is often incredibly negative,” Zooey Deschanel, actress and cofounder of HelloGiggles.com, and poster child for hipster semi-awkward geek girls, tells Mashable. “I was always shocked by how mean people could be when they were allowed to make comments anonymously online.”

“It’s easy to hide behind a computer screen and it’s nice to see that people are coming out from behind “posting as a guest” and showing that there is still kindness and caring out there. We all have such a short time together, you would think in 2012 we would’ve learned to not waste our time on such petty negativity. I once read something that said, (and I’m paraphrasing here) “that which makes us angry is simply a reflection we see in ourselves.” So those who attacked Judd for looking “puffy” aren’t attacking Judd, they’re attacking their own insecurity and it makes them feel better to take down a successful person by bringing them down to their level. Instead of knocking someone else down, why don’t we elevate ourselves? We can all take a lesson from Judd and her strength and belief in herself.



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South Carolina Governor Says Women Don’t Care About Birth Control

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley went on the few and made the claim that “women don’t care about contraception.” Um, the hell we don’t! I’ve written odes and sonnets to birth control—I care very deeply about birth control. I’d build an altar and worship it daily if I was into that kind of thing. Here’s what Haley said:

HALEY: Women don’t care about contraception, they care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all those other things–
BEHAR: Well, they care about contraception too.
HALEY: But, that’s not the only thing they care about. The media wants to talk about contraception.
BEHAR: But when someone like Rick Santorum says he’s going to take it away, we care. [Applause]
HALEY: Well, while we care about contraception, let’s be clear. All we’re saying is we don’t want government to mandate when we have to have it or when we don’t. We want to be able to make that decision. We don’t government making that decision for us.

Okay, she got that last part right, we certainly don’t want that. But there’s something that Nikki doesn’t get there is no government mandate that dictates when women have to have birth control or when we don’t. That’s not the concern, though—the concern is that insurances don’t have to cover it. Some officials are trying to make it so that employer can ask for medical proof that you need it for something other than contraceptive. That’s what we care about!

Now, most insurance companies do cover birth control. It’s good economics to do so at no additional cost because it’s good public health policy. But they do not force them down anyone’s throat. If you need or want them you can have them, to insinuate that Obamacare is forcing women on the pill (which might not be a bad thing) is insane.

The fact that Haley brought up the idea that the media just wants to talk about contraception is laughable as well. Studies show that the majority of Americans (all races, genders, religions and political parties) are for a mandate that covers birth control. Of course we want to talk about it—it’s an important issue—but let’s be clear: Haley’s party made it an issue to begin with! You made your bed, Governor, and I hope you have protection when you lay in it.



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