Hello everyone, in this new year, I promise to be more critical and scathing on all things stupid and frivolous! Yes, the Jewish New Year is upon us, and as a Jew (Let me stop you before you start, YES, I AM Jewish and we'll get into that later) I feel that this blog does need to find a niche of sorts, as I am making a new year resolution.
So, since it's a social commentary blog of sorts, I think I'll be narrowing it down a bit on the things I will focus on and place emphasis on. In this way, hopefully, I'll be able to place more time and energy on things.
Today, our main topic will be....
DESTROYER DIVINE'S COMMENTARY ON THE OVER EMPHASIS OF BEAUTY!
This is something that I tend to discuss with not only my daughter, Jihan, but also my girlfriend, Sharon, on many occasions. Let me tell you this first, I do like the way MOST women of the Western world dress, and I am definitely NOT advocating the wear of the hijab or veils as they wear in the Middle East. All I'm asking for is more emphasis is placed on what's important, not the unimportant.
With Jihan, since she is a pretty young lady and desires to be popular in school, the emphasis on beauty is often skewed and tilted in the wrong direction since she and her friends are still defining what beauty is. She is 11 going on 30 in some cases, and often attempts to try to circumvent my decision not to allow her any use of make up or beauty adornments of any type. Such as: Lip stick, eyeliner, nail polish, ect. ect. and I'm continually being bombarded with the age old answer to everything, "But ALL of my friends get to use it!" My response to this is, "If all of your friends wanted to jump off a cliff like lemmings, I guess you'd want to do that too?"
Even while I dropped her off at her friend Elizabeth's house for her slumber party, I noticed that Elizabeth and the other girls already had garishly loud lipstick and make up on, thus, my ruling against it for Jihan, will be trampled to oblivion while she's gone out of my sight. Yet, maybe she'll have the intestinal fortitude to stay the course, which I hope for, but seriously doubt. Imagine the sight, a bunch of 6th graders all made up like cheap hookers. The thought just sends me into fits of laughter on one hand, and extreme fury on the other.
As long as she makes sure that there is none on her when I come to pick her up, there won't be a problem, but we will be having a little discussion as to why I feel so strongly about it though, and maybe she'll gain something from it.
My reasoning for such a "harsh" ruling is that I want Jihan to understand that she's already attractive without all of that make up, which many women in our country and elsewhere don't seem to understand, that it's to ENHANCE, not to cover up. But, then again, I guess many women have issues with self esteem and probably need to cover up some of their less than desirable blemishes. Yet, in the age where people are saying that there should be more truth and honesty in the world, I feel that wearing a ton of make up to cover up those "blemishes" is just as bad as Ronald Regan claiming that he didn't know that arms were being sold to the Iranians to finance the Contras in Nicaragua.
Ladies, we men are going to see you without all of those artificial colors and plaster anyway when we wake up next to you after taking you home for a nightcap anyway, so let's just quit with the deception in the beginning and start the relationship off right.
At any rate, my sweet Sharon is going to help me out with this, as she tends not to wear much make up, and by my view only uses it to enhance. She has a natural beauty about her, that I find so very refreshing. I have never seen her all painted up like one of the members of the Insane Clown Posse, or like a tart in some back alley bar. Even though, that may be something that we do a little role playing with at some time in the future (*wink, wink*), I know that she actually knows how the make up thing should work and will educate Jihan on the matter, so to ensure that Jihan doesn't make the fatal mistakes that many women across the globe enjoy making in the pursuit of beauty.
Today, Sharon is going to go a bridal fashion show and I know that each model will be painted up and while they may be beautiful on one sense, we know that these looks are unrealistic and something that the average woman will never attain on her own. Being one of a dry and often crazy sense of humor, I wonder what would happen if one of the models lost a part of her outfit while on the catwalk? I know most of us would like to see something like that happen, because we all have a morbid sense of wanting to see things go wrong, like people craning their necks looking at an accident when they're slowly driving by, or going to a NASCAR race expecting to see a crash. Models falling off of a runway or having their garments malfunction are in the same catagory. Well, praised be the Almighty [blessed be HE] as he has provided mankind with the means to create technology that could capture such moments! Check out this video...
or this one...
Even the clothes of women today, add to the deception and the over emphasis of beauty. Don't get me wrong, I do like to look at well dressed women with modesty along with good taste in what they wear, but it seems as though, all that I have just mentioned is something that is quickly falling by the wayside not only in the US, but all over the world.
Case in point, how many times have you gone through the store and seen the following: Padded Bras, Padded Underwear, Push up Bras, Midriff squeezing panties, Stiletto heels, Low rise jeans, and the like?
Low rise jeans? Really though, who wants this (picture below) staring them in the face all day long when you have your 7 year old son tagging along, pointing out the virtues of how crack is an interesting thing to look at?
I know Ms. Smith was humiliated in major fashion as this was telecast all over the world to over 1 billion people, but I do give her some "cool points" back as she played it off with a stiff upper lip and a beautiful smile. Then you, as well as I know, that this would be replayed over and over on the news, along with the interviews about the fall, with reporters asking her a "million" times over, "Miss Smith, how did you feel when you fell on your butt during the Miss Universe pageant?" Then to make the situation worse, there were rumors that there was some tampering with the scores to make sure that Miss USA made it to the finals, where upon, Miss Mexico, Rosa Maria Ojeda Cuen, the hometown favorite (and by my estimation was far prettier, more sensual and didn't fall), was booted out of the finals by Miss USA, by a huge margin. This miscarriage of justice caused Miss Smith further problems when the interview portion came up, as she was booed and jeered at by the Mexican audience and could barely get out her response to the question.
What did she say? Did anyone even understand what came out of her mouth? Maybe I just got lost in the Carolina accent! Alright, I can blame some of that on nervousness, but I can blame most of it on the sad idea that looks are more important than everything to some people, and she didn't focus as well as she should have in her public speaking class in school.