Foxy Ladies: Why One Network Applies So Much Makeup
Of course, TV news shows have always put a premium on appearance, more so for women than for men. And it’s hardly a revelation that some networks place more pressure on women than do others: C-SPAN has no makeup room at all, just a collection of powder compacts that guests can use if they are so inclined. At MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is known to prefer minimal makeup, while other anchors want more, and the artists oblige with a range of choices, from neutral tones to berry hues. Bloomberg TV tends toward the corporate aesthetic; CNN favors a professional style that makes women and men look crisp, as if they have been ironed. As for Fox, suffice it to say that there is a YouTube montage devoted to leg shots of Fox anchors, who are often outfitted in body-hugging dresses of vibrant red and turquoise, their eyes enhanced by not only liner and shadow but also false lashes. A Fox regular once commented to me that she gets more calls from network management about her hair, clothes, and makeup than about what she says. “I just think of it as a uniform,” she said of her getup.
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I am not the only one who noticed!
My life has been CRAZY with starting my new coursework/teaching assignments at local large university! I’ll catch you all up once I catch MYSELF up to my new schedule.
Great news is: I LOVE what I am doing. Simply love it. :)
Thanks for checking in with me!
You’ve Been Eating Ketchup All Wrong: Do you get annoyed at how little ketchup you can fit in those tiny condiment cups at fast food joints? If so, you’re doing it wrong. As they demonstrate over at Gizmodo, you can actually fan them out to maximize the amount of ketchup it holds.
I happen to believe that America is dying of loneliness, that we, as a people, have bought into this false dream of convenience, and turned away from a deep engagement with our internal lives - those fountains of inconvenient feeling- and toward the frantic enticements of what our friends in the Greed Business call the Free Market. We’re hurtling through time and space and information faster and faster, seeking that network connection. But at the same time we’re falling away from our families and our neighbors and ourselves. We ego-surf and update our status and brush up on which celebrities are ruining themselves, and how. But the cure won’t stick.
The real meaning of “I’m not like the other girls” is, I think, “I’m not the media’s image of what girls should be.” Well, very, very few of us are. Pop culture wants to tell us that we’re all shallow, backstabbing, appearance-obsessed shopaholics without a thought in our heads beyond cute boys and cuter handbags. It’s a lie – a flat-out lie – and we need to recognize it and say so instead of accepting that judgment as true for other girls, but not for you.
I have been hanging with a hs friend while she and her family are in town. Her baby is super sweet - makes me want one of my own…. Someday. I must give birth to this PhD first. This oven is closed for the next three years.
Pic taken at the Cards game tonight aka best place to watch STL fireworks!
Happy Independence Day, y’all!
The Only Advanced Country Without a National Vacation Policy? It’s the U.S.
There’s no wrong way to celebrate American exceptionalism, but this might not be the best candidate for cheering this July 4th Week: The United States is practically the only developed country in the world that doesn’t require companies to give their workers time off. In Germany, workers are guaranteed a month. In the UK, they’re guaranteed more than five weeks of paid vacation. In the U.S., unique in its class, there is no such guarantee.
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New York Mag (US)
This weeks cover New York Magazine
: “does money make you mean?”
Design Director Thomas Alberty
We’re reading this issue with great interest — and not just because of the crazy dog photos. (Seriously, click through. They get even better!) Lisa Miller’s cover story, “The Money-Empathy Gap,” reports on new research finding that people act more selfish and less ethical when they have more money. Says researcher Paul Pitts:
“While having money doesn’t necessarily make anybody anything … the rich are way more likely to prioritize their own self-interests above the interests of other people.”
Full story here. If you’re intrigued, Kiplinger’s Bob Frick also wrote a story on this subject for our July 2012 issue.
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF MUSIC & THE ARTS
We all support music, arts, and education therein for their cultural benefits. However we often overlook their long term economic impact. In fact, as the attached points out arts organizations are a $135 billion industry in the U.S. They support 4.1 million full time equivalent jobs, and generate $22.3 billion in annual government revenues. Maybe when advocating for music and arts education we need to emphasize the economic benefits a bit more.
Read the PDF: Economic Impact of Music & The Arts