This is Bailey from the recent Channel 4 plebian circus, Educating Yorkshire.
There’s a post going round this turgid shithole of a website at the moment which softly chastises this girl for the makeup she chooses to wear and what she chooses to do with her body. It is presented under the facade of mocking the stereotype of working class Britain, i.e ‘chavs’.
But please just stop and think about what you’re doing for a moment.
Like the rest of us, Bailey exists in a world where women are expected to look fucking amazing 24/7. In the show, she explains that she wears a lot of foundation to cover up the fact that she has a scar on her face from when she was bitten by a dog as a child. This does not of course render her any lesser than anybody else, but consider that she may have been bullied - almost certainly - because of said scar. Consider that because she is a girl, she is expected to look flawless. The scar would cause raised eyebrows. She is expected by society to look ‘normal’.
Disgustingly, the school also forces her to remove her makeup. Why is it up to them? She doesn’t look especially ‘out of place’, and they’re not even taking into account why she may feel the need to wear it in the first place. They could be forcing her to feel vulnerable. I don’t, of course, want to speak for Bailey, but I do feel the need to defend her.
Regardless of this, society still expects girls to wear makeup, to doll themselves up, to look pretty. It’s intrinsic. Do not blame young girls for wearing a lot of makeup and trying to look beautiful when society already sexualises them in the first place.
So please, consider what you’re perpetuating, stop being classist wankers, stop suggesting that orange foundation and being working class are inherently linked or wrong in any way.
Stop being bourgeois cunts.10:37 pm • 17 September 2013 • 465 notes
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