Why exactly I'm talking hair, I'll get to in a bit.
First, what's been happening in the last week? Well mundane stuff really -- remember, me, housewife? Amidst all the routineness of things, the recurring theme would be sleeplessness. And constant fatigue. And constantly wanting to eat *something* but for the life of me, I don't know what that is.
|"Mamma, Mia cook?"|
|What we ate on the weekend!|
Well, that's what I wanted to write about originally and then I was waiting for Partner to come back home and I started reading The Age and came across this article about an Indian fairness cream to whiten your vulva. Or mine, as the case might be (mind your own business!) It's strongly titled 'The Indian obsession with fairer skin sinks to a new low'. The author is presumably Indian or of Indian origin, based in Delhi. There are many things that pissed me off about the article -- most of which have been inumerated by people in the comments. Mostly though I am pissed off that the journalist's opinions -- which should at best make a blog post -- are passed off as a news story. It was the second lead on The Age website when I read. I was also pissed off at the headline. It suggests the whole of India has no other business but to get up every morning and slather fairness creams of their faces and nether regions. There are no figures in the article about the actual usage of this, this vulval-whitening cream (and not 'vaginal' as many readers have pointed out in the comments). Of what market research lead to its manufacture, any quotes from women who might have used it or won't use it; nothing. Just a general blah from Dhillon that goes from these-bloody-Indians to these-bloody-men to these-bloody-self-deprecating-women without getting a hold on any of the arguments. In stark contrast was a documentary I saw on SBS last year perhaps. It was called The Perfect Vagina and it was everything Dhillon's article should have been. Firstly, Dhillon's article should not have sounded as if it's only complexed-about-their-complexion Indians who are thinking about genital beauty. One of the mums I know went in for a Brazilian a day before her delivery date because she didn't want to be hairy for the midwives. Why is there a need for a vulva-whitening cream? Who is telling (Indian) women their private parts are ugly? Do women feel pressurised to adhere to these views? Or to make their parts look a certain way? And most importantly, fuck anyone else, what does a woman want her privates to look like? I could go on but it's 11pm and I am bloody sleepy and this post is already too long. And I need to clarify my thoughts on the issue of my genital wishful thinking. Because I know that I HATE Brazilians because they hurt like hell -- have tried two painkillers before getting one, didn't work -- and because I know that the Vagina documentart made me cry. You need to watch it.