Men’s Makeup – It Is Really Time?

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Civil Rights | 0 comments

The gender lines between male and female have become more and more blurry, and in the 21st century it has been socially accepted to have men be more health and beauty conscious and for women to enjoy sports and other outdoor activities. Call it “gender equality” if you must, but there are still some things that can be surprising. Although men (and even some women) find the idea of men’s cosmetics laughable, it has become the fastest-growing sector in the beauty and cosmetic industry.

Although it is significantly smaller than the female beauty industry, there has been a recent increase in sales for men’s cosmetics. Today, more and more men are spending money for more than just grooming products. It may be a wonder how cosmetic companies and marketers made these men buy “makeup,” but the answer is actually really simple. Marketers and advertisers tend to avoid using the word “makeup” and instead prefers to use the terms “urban camouflage” or “facial fuel” to appeal more manly. Even their packaging is meant to look more masculine, shunning away any colors or descriptions that allude to women’s cosmetics.

Having the same purpose as those of women’s cosmetics – cover up wrinkles and blemishes, moisturize, prevent aging, and many others – men’s make-up generally aim to hide imperfections. Men have become more and more comfortable being metrosexual, understanding the importance of appearance and youthfulness in today’s society. Gender lines are blurring. The stereotypical appeal of the classical man – the strong and silent type, with rugged features – is being threatened by the rising number of men embracing the metrosexual lifestyle. Being metrosexual and using men’s cosmetics does not necessarily mean a man has to become feminine, they can still hang on to a number of traditional paradigms of manhood. Although it does help to take care of one’s self and be self-conscious, a man who takes his imperfections with grace and carries on with his life is still viewed as the norm.

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The Glass Ceiling

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Civil Rights | 2 comments

There is nothing more difficult to fight than an unseen enemy. For women and minorities in employment, this is referred to as the “glass ceiling.”

It is actually a political term that was first used in an article by former Working Woman magazine editor Gay Bryant in March 1984 to refer to the inability of women in middle management to break through to upper management despite their experience and qualifications. The term has also been used to refer to the same plight of minority men.
It may be tempting to state that in 2014 there is no longer any glass ceiling, that discrimination based on sex or gender no longer exists. But in fact, 73% of female executives today believe that it still does.
The statistics seem to bear this out. While women comprise 51% of those in middle and senior management, there are only 8% who make it to the top position. The statement of Gay Bryant in her 1984 article that women in the corporate world are being blocked from advancing past a certain point continues to hold true.

It is not always easy to prove that there is discrimination in the workplace as there are many factors that come into play when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder. But those who are in position can tell when they’ve hit that invisible barrier. While some shrug it off as part of the status quo, this is actually illegal because it is a violation of a person’s civil rights. Ironically, women lawyers are not exempt. In 2011, 45.4% of all lawyers were women, but only 19.5% made partner in law firms.

If you believe that you have hit the glass ceiling, you may be able to prove workplace discrimination. Consult with an employment discrimination lawyer to find out more about your options.

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