The Flip Side of Failure
New York Times! Very cool. Hopped over and read your piece. Excellent. I have two daughters, 3rd and 5th grade, so this was very interesting. You should feel successful-congrats.
Thanks, Tim! The bottom line for me is educating my kids to be critical thinkers about media messages. It was a conscious effort made by the women's movement when I was growing up, and I guess I'm trying to carry on a tradition that seems to have been sidelined by the idea that everything's great for women now.
Hello! It's Sophia (Susan D'Entremont's daughter). I've taken up blogging recently and your articel is featured in my 2nd official post! http://distractedeasily.blogspot.com/2012/04/makeup.htmlI'd love to hear you're opinion.
Check your blog, Sophia! I wrote back. Thanks for commenting!
Congratulations, Hope! I found you (and your Motherlode piece) through your comment over at Betsy's. No professional envy, I promise. ;-) Here's to success, which I'm pretty sure is contagious for the hardworking sorts. I know a few people who've converted from Blogger to Wordpress, and liked the format better after the pain of the change. I started on Wordpress so, alas, I am no help there.
Teri, Thanks for the comment--and the WP input. I am really fixating on this decision more than necessary, I am sure....See you on Betsy's blog!And I hope success is contagious!
Hope, as the father of boys who finds little girls a complete mystery, thank you for your work. Nicely done, and I will now view my grandaughters with slightly less confusion. Thanks!
Frank, I am thrilled I clarified anything for anyone--since I obvoiusly have confused feelings.....Thank you for your comment!
Hi Hope!I found your NYT post via the Facebook page for the Feminist "collective" I belong to https://www.facebook.com/theLRMCLoved it! And while I don't have children myself just yet, I remember this very same moment with my parents - although they didn't go through the steps of explaining the root of my make-up desires. Also, I wore far too much blush that first day - causing me to never touch the stuff again until my early 20's. hmm, maybe that was their plan?
Hi Julia, thanks for commenting! I will stop by the collective! Glad to see feminism is alive and well in some areas...
AHHHHH!!! I can't believe the perfection of reading this article right now! I saw it mentioned on Twitter and I hardly go on cause I'm still learning to be a Twit!I just started my own initiative called No Makeup May the essence of which is to inspire women to become more conscious of our choices when we're slathering on the concealer or wriggling into a pair of spanx or spending $100 dollars on ANOTHER pair of black high heels because this season is....which is it? Wedge, stiletto, chunky, whatever. The idea was born out of the frustration after seeing Miss Representation and realizing that little has changed, and a conversation I had with a friend about feminine identity and acceptance. Anyway, I've explained it on my own blog - nomeakeupmay.blogspot.comI hope you'll have a moment to have a look and maybe bring the movement to your area. And if this thing becomes as big as I hope it will, your daughters will be reminded every year of their true beauty :)I'm currently on day two of "going Boston" :)You're a great writer and a great mom and a very insightful voice for women!!!
Nicole, Thanks for the comment! Your blog is a great idea. Someone else sent me a link to another blog showing all kinds of women w/o make-up. Wish I could remember the link. I've been away for several days and lost it in the shuffle. I checked out your blog and wonder if you've adjusted by now!
I finally had a chance to read your post, Hope. Nice job! I'm going to try to think ahead now, for when I get that question from my daughter. I think I have a couple of years to wait, but I could be so wrong! Nicely written. And your descriptions of your Boston and Manhattan identities brought a smile. I remember both of you! :)Congratulations!
Thanks, Nancy! I just got back from my 30th high school reunion. OMG. Lot's of "Boston" faces in Washington. Or maybe actually "Manhattan." Hard to tell sometimes!