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Dispatches from Ladyblogland Are Dressing Up

If you’ve been putting in overtime at work like I have and just haven’t been able to pay attention to what’s going on in our little corner of the Internet, here’s what you might want to read:

Have you ever thought you looked professional enough and then your boss says you don’t really look that professional? XOJane has a great story about this type of situation. XOJane

Oh no! The end of men! Everybody panic! Huffington Post

How do you feel about New Girl? Bitch Flicks

Did you catch Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s takedown of misogyny? It was awesome. The New Yorker

Should we be taking fewer pictures of our kids? Motherlode

I really enjoyed this article on how TV shows need to get better about portraying the decision of women to quit their jobs. As always, Roseanne did it best. XX Factor

Bridget Jones’s Diary I think defines the way many women my age (30ish) view relationships. Find the person who likes you just as you are and you’ll be much happier. I have a card I received from a bunch of friends across the interwebz after a really terrifying break-up, and it says they love me just as I am. I keep it by my bed. Because that shit’s important. Thanks, Bridget! Hello Giggles

What did you read last week? What will you be reading this week? Tell us in the comments!

By [E] Sally Lawton

My food groups are cheese, bacon, and hot tea. I like studying cities and playing with my cat, Buffy.

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Following on from that Motherlode article, there’s also Allison Tate’s “The Mom Stays in the Picture”

I’m everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.

it’s a challenge that’s been taken up by Jill at babyrabies ( and Offbeat Mama ( ) among others.

The island of Ireland’s first (legal) abortion clinic! As I commented on Feministing ( I doubt it’ll be useful to most women in either the Republic or the North, because of the severe legal restrictions it’ll be operating under, but still good to see.

It’s being headed by Dawn Purvis (ex- Progressive Unionist Party leader) as part of the Marie Stopes organisation, but I would expect that they will get a lot (a LOT) of protests from anti-choice Christians in the North. Hopefully no violence.

Is there anything we can do with our kids that won’t mess them up? My husband always gives his mom shit that he was the second kid and there are hardly any pictures of him. We take a ton of pictures of our daughter, and that’s gonna give her a complex too. For fuck’s sake.

The hair and makeup one made me breathe fire. You *know* that was probably a male higher-up and that they wouldn’t have said the same things about a male employee’s appearance. Also, she looks perfectly professional and cute in the first picture.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have to get up at 6 and get out the door in about 45 minutes, so I’m lucky if I remember how makeup works at all most mornings.

Also? End of men? LOL.

I almost never wear makeup to work, and I like to think I look pretty darn professional anyway. I have sensitive skin, and while I can do makeup for a night out, wearing it for nine hours or more is a one way ticket to breakout city. Or in other words, it made me see red too.

Aside from the whole, you know, we shouldn’t have to paint things on our faces unless we really want to thing, there are a lot of reasons why some women can’t wear makeup. It’s ridiculous that it’s a requirement when men don’t have to.

Maybe we should make men wear it every day. I demand more guyliner at the office.

The shot of her “appropriate” makeup looked like night time makeup to me. I’d be wondering if the person was staying on task, as it looks so much like night wear- just as I would if a dude wore his hair slicked back like he was at the beach or club or something. I mean, I’d take their work as the actual indicators, but I think I’d end up noticing any work failings more, not less, if they were a temp up for a permanent position. (If they had already gotten pass that point I think I’d ignore it once I mentioned that I don’t require it, but by then they have hopefully proven themselves. ) That it would be considered *more* professional just boggles me.

But then, Most of my time around professionally people is in DC, and DC Makeup for work tends to be less intense than other cities from what I’ve heard and seen. I actually remember the first time I went to a big official meeting with gov peeps and someone commenting that while I could do what I want, the style in makeup generally was a lot more neutral than other places. Which makes sense- I still can tend to do my makeup darker than some people, but the BIG makeup I’d save for dinner/after dark when it’s needed to seen if you are wearing any/it’s free time and makeup is fun.

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