Humans, humans, humans.
Moments like these make you shake your head in disbelief.
It was a momentous Martin Luther King Jr holiday—the first Black President of the United States was sworn in for his second term, and regardless of whether you support the President’s politics, it’s still an important occasion. It wasn’t a fluke this man was elected, it wasn’t tokenism or novelty. He was deemed most able to run our country by the majority of Americans, and that is particularly meaningful on this day.
But what are some people talking about? Whether or not he was wearing bronzer! Yeah, that golden-hued powder brushed over people’s skin to make their skin look more “warm”. The Daily Mail covered this hard-hitting topic while also noting that the President recently returned from his home state of Hawaii.
Regardless of whether you think he was wearing bronzer or sporting an Aloha State tan, the very fact that people care enough to write an article about the topic speaks to the way in which our society is grasping desperately at the gender binary. It doesn’t matter whether or not the Prez needed a little touch-up for his big day, to some people, men shouldn’t wear make-up. Ever! Not on TV, not at their inauguration, not in their own homes, not anywhere! Make-up is for ladies, you know.
And ladies, you should know that according to many of the same people, we must always be wearing make-up. Seriously girls, don’t you dare step out of your house without lipstick! What would people think? They might think we care more about our jobs than our beauty, and that would be terrible. I mean, what if our former Secretary of State spent a little more time on make-up and a little less on foreign diplomacy? Wouldn’t that just make us feel better? Oh, wait…
It’s goofy. Let’s remember that everyone wants to look good on camera, but not everyone is obsessed with it all the time. It’s make-up. Put it on or don’t. Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, it’s nobody’s business.
Lead photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivias
Mrs. Clinton: AP photo